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Andrew Broad MP commends National School Chaplaincy Program in parliament
· June 04, 2014 10:00 AM
This week, Mr Andrew Broad MP (left) - the member for Mallee in Victoria - gave his support for the continued funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program in a statement to parliament.
He gave an account of the important work chaplains have played in his electorate, particularly after a tragic incident where a driver hit and killed six children in Mildura.
Mr Broad said:
"The advantage of helping young students as they grow and struggle to find their place in life and have someone to talk to is very valuable...We also believe that a chaplain's role in school is instrumental in helping young adults become fulfilled, confident and great individuals."
To read the statement, follow
to the Hansard document. Mr Broad's statement begins on page 42.
Last month, ACL congratulated the Coalition on fulfilling an election promise to continue funding school chaplaincy across Australia. The recent budget revealed that a total of $243.8 million will be allocated to the program over the next four years. Under the program, Australian schools can apply for $20,000 grants from the government to hire a school chaplain. Many school communities raise extra funds so their chaplains can work more than two days per week.
CEO of Scripture Union Queensland - the largest provider of school chaplains in Australia - Peter James recently spoke to ACL's Katherine Spackman about being called to the High Court a second time to defend the chaplaincy program. You can listen to the interview
. A verdict is not expected for some months.
School chaplaincy program gets funding boost
· May 21, 2014 10:00 AM
The Coalition has upheld its election promise by extending funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program, a decision welcomed by the Australian Christian Lobby.
before the election to continue the National School Chaplaincy Program in Schools to support the emotional wellbeing of students.
This month's federal budget revealed that a total of $243.8 million will be allocated to the program over the next four years. Under the program, Australian schools can apply for $20,000 grants from the government to hire a school chaplain. Many school communities raise extra funds so their chaplains can work more than two days per week.
Along with other groups, ACL has advocated for government support of the chaplaincy program, citing widespread community support for chaplains and the important pastoral care role they provide students.
on ABC News last week, Cabinet Minister Senator Eric Abetz commended the school chaplaincy program, saying:
‘The chaplaincy program is a wonderful investment in national building because if you talk to any school chaplain or indeed, any school principal that has a chaplain in their school, they will tell you what a wonderful investment it is in the spiritual wellbeing of young Australians.’
Scripture Union Queensland (SU QLD) - the largest provider of school chaplains in Australia - recently appeared before the High Court a second time to defend the chaplaincy program after an attempt by a Toowoomba resident to prevent funding of the program.
During the first High Court challenge, 85,000 Australians showed their support for school chaplains by signing a statement of support organised by SU QLD. They hope to present over 100,000 signatures to key members of parliament to show that school chaplaincy is important to thousands of families.
ACL encouraged its supporters
to get on board with the campaign earlier this year.
CEO of SU QLD Peter James recently spoke to ACL's Katherine Spackman about the challenge. Listen to the interview
. A verdict is not expected for some months.
Support Back Our Chappies Bus Tour
· February 13, 2014 11:00 AM
If you're in Queensland, we encourage you to show your support for the national school chaplaincy program by getting involved in the ‘Back Our Chappies’ bus tour, which will be travelling to more than 20 communities across the state. The tour will commence on the 10
of March and run for three weeks.
The tour is run by Scripture Union Queensland (SU Qld) to spread the message of school chaplaincy throughout Queensland.
to find out if the bus is coming to a town near you.
In September last year,
ACL informed supporters of SU Qld being called before the High Court a second time
to defend the national school chaplaincy program.
The case continues, and the High Court will sit in the first two weeks of May this year to hear the case in regards to ongoing federal funding for school chaplaincy.
Thank you for ensuring our school chaplains continue to serve our school communities to bring hope to the next generation.
for more information.
Qld government considers funding boost for chaplaincy
· November 12, 2013 11:00 AM
A move to provide additional funding for chaplaincy in schools is being considered by the Queensland government.
The Courier-Mail recently reported
that the move would give independent public school principals the ability to increase the hours of chaplains and other staff including guidance counsellors and psychologists.
Currently, the Queensland government provides up to $11,000 a year for school chaplains in addition to federal government funding of the chaplaincy program.
The move has come out of a discussion between Scripture Union’s Queensland (SU QLD) CEO Peter James and John-Paul Langbroek’s advisor in regards to additional funds being required around occasions of natural disaster and tragedy in school communities.
SU, which employs most chaplains in state schools, said it’s found additional support from school chaplains is vital around these times and previously there had been no allowance for this.
In recent months, SU QLD has been called to appear before the High Court to defend its national school chaplaincy program.
It first appeared in the High Court two years ago when a Toowoomba resident claimed the chaplaincy program violated religious freedom under the Constitution. The High Court found it did not violate religious freedom as chaplains were not employed or appointed by the government.
A second challenge to the Court’s decision was launched against the program this year.
In response, SU QLD asked Australians to sign a statement of support in favour of federal funding for school chaplaincy by visiting
Last month, ACL’s Communications Director Katherine Spackman interviewed SU QLD’s CEO Peter James on the Political Spot where he spoke about the second High Court challenge. You can listen to the interview by following
Christian Lobby highlights role of chaplains in helping young people at risk
· November 20, 2009 11:00 AM
For release: November 20, 2009
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has highlighted the valuable role school chaplains play in helping young people at risk in a submission to a Senate inquiry into Suicide in Australia made today.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that research has underlined the important contribution the school chaplaincy program is making in addressing many of the ‘vulnerability factors’ which increase the risk of suicide among young people.
He urged the inquiry to reinforce the need for funding of the school chaplaincy program to be continued and extended (it is currently under review by the Federal Government) and to consider whether there would be merit in developing a chaplaincy program to assist groups at high-risk of suicide in the wider community.
“Recently-released research into the chaplaincy program by Dr Phillip Hughes of Edith Cowan University and Professor Margaret Sims of the University of New England has highlighted the success of the chaplaincy program. On a scale of 1 to 10, chaplains were rated at 8.6 for providing an opportunity for students to talk through issues and offering support to significant problems. They were also rated at 8.5 for offering support to students in special risk categories,” Mr Wallace said.
“The report on the chaplaincy program indicated that in the two weeks prior to the survey undertaken by the researchers, 44 per cent of chaplains reported dealing with issues related to self-harm or suicide. One principal advised that, ‘The chaplain has averted student suicide on more than one occasion’.
“Chaplains are obviously doing a great job in providing support, guidance and pastoral care for young people and it is vital that they are given the funding needed to continue this role. There could also be great benefit in developing a framework whereby chaplains could be employed to help high-risk groups such as indigenous youth and rural communities.”
Mr Wallace said that suicide is a terrible trauma that visits far too many Australian families every year. He welcomed the Senate inquiry as an important opportunity for concerned individuals and organisations to highlight the measures that Governments and community organisations can undertake to prevent suicide, and to advocate for greater assistance in providing targeted programs and services, especially for those at high risk of suicide.
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