Diploma of Defence Chaplaincy

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Qualification Requirement: 12 units

All 7 core units plus 5 elective units

The 5 elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below, or may include 2 elective units from within this Training Package or any other endorsed Training Package at the same qualification level or a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFCH001B

Provide pastoral care

add topic DEFCH002C

Provide ethical and pastoral advice

add topic DEFCH003B

Deliver chaplaincy services

add topic DEFCH004B

Conduct and facilitate religious observances and activities

add topic DEFCH005B

Perform as an effective member of the Chaplains' branch

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic BSBCMN411A

Monitor a safe workplace


Elective Units

add topic BSBADM502A

Manage meetings

add topic BSBFLM501A

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic BSBFLM502A

Provide leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBFLM503A

Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBSUS301A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic FNBACC01B

Provide financial and business performance information

add topic FNBACC16B

Evaluate financial risk

add topic DEFEQ003B

Manage equity and diversity

add topic DEFRI001B

Treat risk within Defence at an operational level

add topic DEFRI002B

Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment

add topic PUAPRO001B

Promote a learning environment in the workplace

add topic PUATEA003B

Lead, manage and develop teams

add topic TAADEL301C

Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills

add topic TAAASS401C

Plan and organise assessment

add topic TAAASS402C

Assess competence

add topic TAAASS404B

Participate in assessment validation


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Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary for DEF50812 Diploma of Defence Chaplaincy

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF50812 Diploma of Defence Chaplaincy have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.


counsel organisation members and their families

determine specific needs of organisation members

document pastoral care and counselling proceedings

ensure relevant records maintenance requirements

follow instructions and report information

maintain records

monitor and document mental, emotional and spiritual well being of the organisation community

provide information on availability of chaplaincy and other pastoral services

provide spiritual advice and support

report pastoral issues and trends

use verbal and non-verbal communication techniques including body language, language style, active listening, questioning


establish and maintain communication with other members of the chaplaincy team

establish and maintain cooperative, working relationships with command and senior chaplains

establish collaborative relationships with local clergy

establish relationship with community members

facilitate small group discussion

provide pastoral support to organisational members in their work, home and leisure environments

provide supportive networks

support family members in their home

undertake and maintain liaison with support agencies

Problem solving

apply quality and continuous improvement processes and standards

establish, maintain and develop relationships, exploring issues and or problem solving

provide frameworks for responding to crises

research background information to determine the most appropriate manner of presentation

Initiative and enterprise

be pro-active or reactive for personnel positively seeking spiritual and religious growth opportunities, personnel seeking succour in time of stress, and for personnel identified as needing support but who have not actively sought it

use planning tools and methodologies such as intuition, experience and knowledge, anecdotal evidence, consultations and liaison

Planning and organising

develop, confirm and document plans with relevant personnel

establish religious service, activity or celebration to be conducted

facilitate training, endorsement and encouragement of religious leaders

identify planning requirements for chaplaincy services from organisation processes

identify planning tools and methodologies and apply throughout the planning process

identify, select and obtain all relevant planning factors and other data required, in accordance with organisation procedures

test plans for accuracy and relevance and agreed with appropriate personnel in accordance with organisation procedures


apply professional codes of practice

attend conferences

liaise with peers and organisation members

listen actively, summarising and clarifying ideas

maintain reading and prayer life

maintain personal well-being

maintain spiritual direction practice

present abstract and symbolic ideas to groups and individuals

provide positive and empathetic feedback

read and interpret spoken and written texts which include abstract ideas and symbolism

retain professionalism under duress

seek formal and informal feedback from clients

select language style suitable to audience and context for the purpose of establishing, maintaining and developing relationships, exploring issues and or problem solving

take part in and facilitating interpersonal exchanges with groups and individuals


learn about codes of behaviour

learn about organisation guidelines and standards for privacy, confidentiality, defamation, duty of care

learn about principles of chaplaincy care

learn about relevant organisational processes and protocols

learn about relevant records maintenance requirements

learn about world religions together with associated religious beliefs and practices; denominational doctrines, worship and practices

maintain personal spirituality through annual retreats


use appropriate electronic media

use information technology such as the internet for research

use planning tools and methodologies such as software programs