Anglican Church of Australia- Province of NSW

Membership in CCAC

The Anglican Church, Province of NSW, was a founding member of the CCAC and its precursor committees, the Standing Committee on Hospital Chaplaincies (SCHC) and Hospital Chaplaincy Advisory Committee (HCAC). It was a Member Organisation at the time of incorporation in 2013 and is listed as such in Schedule 1 in the Constitution of the CCAC.

The member authority at the time of constitution was, and remains "The Provincial Registrar" (see Schedule 2 of the Constitution of the CCAC).

Corporate Structure

The Anglican Church in Australia

The Anglican Church of Australia consists of 23 Dioceses across Australia, led by a Diocesan Bishop supported by a team of clergy and lay people, within Parishes. These range from congregations in small remote communities to large metropolitan gatherings. Parishioners gather to be strengthen by scripture and sacrament so that they might go into the world as representatives of Christ.

Anglican province of New South Wales

The province of New South Wales consists of 7 dioceses that operate independently with their own systems, structures and approach to chaplaincy.

These self-governing dioceses are

The Archbishop of Sydney, is the Metropolitan or chief bishop of the Province of New South Wales.

Each of the independent diocese of the Province is responsible for all Anglican ministry, including chaplaincy, that occurs within it diocesan boundaries. Some diocese directly administer CCAC endorsed Chaplains while others delegate this responsibility to other agencies or organisations within the diocese. Such arrangement exist in the Diocese of Sydney, where Anglicare acts with full delegated authority with respect to CCAC endorsed chaplains, and likewise in the Diocese of Newcastle, where The Samaritans Foundation have similar arrangements.

Anglicare is the community Services arm of Anglicans and in Sydney, the Illawarra , Shoalhaven, New England and Northern Inland regions of NSW. As one of Australia’s largest Christian care organisations, Anglicare reaches out to thousands of people every year, including caring for more than 6,000 residents and clients across its area of operation - many in public institutions, residential communities, some in their own homes, and many at its own community.

The management of the Anglican civil chaplains across this Greater Sydney, the Illawarra, New England and Northern Inland regions of NSW has been delegated by the Anglican Province of NSW to Anglicare

As the welfare arm of the Anglican Church in the Diocese of Newcastle, Samaritans is a Newcastle charity assisting thousands of locals in need.

Many of our services support people with a disability and in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley we can support people with packages from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Our support is tailored to your needs.

Our work extends from disability supports to children’s services and disadvantaged young people to those with mental health challenges, those who are homeless and many more.

Contact Details


Level 2 Century Corporate Centre,
62 Norwest Boulevard,
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

PO Box 284, Castle Hill NSW 1765

T: (02) 9895 8000


Central Office
36 Warabrook Boulevard
Warabrook NSW 2304

PO Box 366, Hunter Region Mail Centre, NSW 2310

P: 02 4960 7100
P: 1300 656 336 (local call cost)



Anglicare’s Mission statement is 'serving people in need, enriching lives, sharing the love of Jesus.'

Anglicare is built on the foundation that we are all created in God’s image: loved, valued and worthy of care, and made to be in a relationship with God our Creator and to live together in community. Yet in this broken world, we are all in need of Christ's love, grace and salvation. We are committed to providing Christ-centred care to our clients, residents and staff, holding out the truth about the death and resurrection of Jesus. For it is only by faith in him that we can have our spiritual need as a human being met. Our care is based on the premise of 1 John 4:19, ‘We love because God first loved us’.

We seek to equip our people to love, serve and witness to all in our care. Anglicare strives in everything we do to make real our Vision, Mission and Values so that we are inspired to act with Integrity, Justice, Compassion and Excellence.

Charged with facilitating Christian ministry across the organisation through chaplaincy and pastoral care services and training, Anglicare works on behalf of the Diocese to provide chaplaincy services into Justice, Health and Mental Health contexts.

Our Chaplains play an essential role in making this happen. Motivated by God’s love for us, seen most clearly in the example of Jesus Christ, Anglicare chaplains seek to provide for the physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs of all those they minister to.

Chaplains assist with the provision of church services and, seek to establish and develop groups where people can study the Bible, pray together and enjoy fellowship, as well as provide Christian ministry to individuals, building genuine loving relationships.


In October 1984, the Newcastle Anglican Board of Social Work was redefined as the Samaritans Foundation (or “Samaritans”) to “assist in the expansion of the social and community service work within the Diocese” and now operate over 100 support services throughout the Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Mid-North Coast regions. In 2012 our work spread to Mudgee in the Central Western NSW.

Throughout these regions we offer support to a number of those in need including young people and families, those with disability or mental health challenges and the wider community. Samaritans has over 700 staff and more than 450 volunteers across the regions in which we work.

Our vision, mission and values underpins all our work.


For communities where there is love, peace, justice, reconciliation and dignity for all people, where there is care for the vulnerable and their environment and where each individual has the opportunity to contribute and participate fully in community life.


We seek to provide unconditional support to people in their needs and to promote social and economic policies.


Four representatives are appointed from the Province to the CCAC. At present there are two representatives from Sydney, one from each Newcastle and Canberra Goulburn. Each diocese is responsible for the employment of chaplains engaged through CCAC arrangements within their Diocesan areas. Consequently, the terms, conditions and expectations for the provision and operation of chaplaincy varies by diocese.


Appointed by the Archbishop of Sydney, the Anglicare delegate to the CCAC, is the General Manager Mission and Partnerships, and is responsible for oversight and line management of the Anglicare Health and Justice chaplains and respective Health and Justice chaplaincy managers.

All chaplains report through their team structures and line management to the General Manager Mission and Partnerships.

Authorisation of Chaplains

Chaplains are appointed by the Bishop in each Diocese


With the Diocese of Sydney Chaplains are appointed by the Archbishop and, in cooperation with the Chief Executive Officer, employed by Anglicare.

All Anglicare chaplains appointed to civil institutions must have completed theological studies (degree or diploma course) and be eligible for a licence or authorisation issued by the Archbishop and his Certificate of Appointment. Preference is given to ordained presbyters or deacons of the Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese of Sydney.

All chaplains appointed must have completed Anglicare’s Advanced Pastoral Care course (APC) or CPE (if not, completion of APC course is required in the first 12 months).

Each Chaplain is bound by the Anglican Church’s National code of Conduct, Faithfulness in Service, and have a proven experience in ministry and pastoral care.

Canberra and Goulburn

Chaplains in the Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn are appointed by the diocesan bishop. The diocese recognises that the demands and requirements of chaplaincy varies. Generally, chaplains are ordained either as deacons or priests and have theological qualifications which require between 2-4 years study which includes intentional pastoral practice, an equivalent to CPE. Many volunteers are lay people who may or may not have theological qualifications. As chaplains are often working with people who are vulnerable they are required to operate in accordance with the Anglican Church’s National code of Conduct, Faithfulness in Service and meet all character and conduct requirements of the agency to which they are deployed.

Other Dioceses

Inquiries about Chaplaincy in the other Diocese should be made directly to the Diocesan Bishop.