Submission: National School Chaplaincy Program review

14 September 2022

The Independent school sector highly values the NSCP and recommends the program continues for current participating schools, that funding certainty is provided, and the program is extended to all Independent schools and supports the scope being widened to include wellbeing officers.

ISA prepared this submission in response to the consultation process commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education to evaluate and assess the current effectiveness of the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). This submission provides an Independent school sector review of the benefits and value of the NSCP.

ISA consulted with the state and territory Associations of Independent Schools (AISs) in preparing this submission. The very tight time-frame limited the depth and scope of this consultation. Consequently while our response contains pertinent points, we have been unable to provide quantitative back up data from the Independent school sector.