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DEF50812 - Diploma of Defence Chaplaincy (Release 1)


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1 1 (this release)Current 15/Mar/2012

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DeletedDeleted from DEF12 Defence Training Package23/Jan/2013
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA50806 - Diploma of Public Safety (Defence Chaplaincy)14/Mar/2012

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBADM502A - Manage meetingsManage meetings N/A
BSBCMN411A - Monitor a safe workplaceMonitor a safe workplace N/A
BSBFLM502A - Provide leadership in the workplaceProvide leadership in the workplace N/A
BSBSUS301A - Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practicesImplement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices N/A
DEFCH001B - Provide pastoral careProvide pastoral care N/A
DEFCH002C - Provide ethical and pastoral adviceProvide ethical and pastoral advice N/A
DEFCH003B - Deliver chaplaincy servicesDeliver chaplaincy services N/A
DEFCH004B - Conduct and faciliate religious observances and activitiesConduct and faciliate religious observances and activities N/A
DEFCH005B - Perform as an effective member of the Chaplain's branchPerform as an effective member of the Chaplain's branch N/A
DEFEQ001C - Work with equity and diversityWork with equity and diversity N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 272211 Minister Of Religion 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2515-11 Minister Of Religion 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0917 Philosophy And Religious Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Defence Services 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 272211 Minister Of Religion 03/Sep/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2515-11 Minister Of Religion 03/Sep/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0917 Philosophy And Religious Studies 03/Sep/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 15/Mar/2012 
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Employability Skills Summary

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

Packaging Rules

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 


Provide pastoral care


Provide ethical and pastoral advice


Deliver chaplaincy services


Conduct and facilitate religious observances and activities


Perform as an effective member of the Chaplains' branch


Work with equity and diversity


Monitor a safe workplace


Elective Units 


Manage meetings


Manage personal work priorities and professional development


Provide leadership in the workplace


Establish effective workplace relationships


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Provide financial and business performance information


Evaluate financial risk


Manage equity and diversity


Treat risk within Defence at an operational level


Conduct risk assessment in a Defence environment


Promote a learning environment in the workplace


Lead, manage and develop teams


Provide training through instruction and demonstration of work skills


Plan and organise assessment


Assess competence


Participate in assessment validation

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