Membership in CCAC

The Buddhist Council of New South Wales joined CCAC in 2000.

Corporate Structure

The Buddhist Council of New South Wales was incorporated in March 1991.  It is governed by a board of directors supported by a team of office staff and volunteers supervised by our General Manager.  The Buddhist Council of New South Wales is a member of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils which is the peak body representing Buddhism in Australia. The combined membership of the five state Buddhist councils represents more than 200 Buddhist temples and organisations nation-wide, their members include the majority of more than half a million Australian Buddhists.  The FABC works closely with the Australian Sangha Association (the peak body representing ordained Buddhist monastics) developing and promoting Buddhism in Australia.

Contact Details

Postal address

PO Box 593 CROWS NEST, NSW 1585 


(02) 9966 8893


25/56-62 Chandos Street, St. Leonards, NSW



Our motto is “Working for the Buddhist community”.

This encapsulates our goal to always do our best work to assist member organisations and those in the Buddhist community, whether this involves supporting teachers and chaplains, providing training workshops or assisting organisations on issues of governance.

Our activities are summarised under four headings as follows.

  • Member Help
Supporting our members with advice and information, low cost insurance and representation to government
  • Buddhist Education
Teaching the application of the dharma through provision of special religious education in government schools and the delivery of community volunteer training
  • Buddhist Care

    Providing care and support to those in need through hospital chaplaincy, prison chaplaincy and programs in nursing homes
  • Buddhist Connection

    Reaching out through the internet and social media by developing and publishing new content, organising community projects and events, engaging in public relations, linking with the government, media and interfaith organisations.


The Buddhist Council of New South Wales is currently represented on the CCAC by a board member of the Buddhist Council.

Authorisation of Chaplains

Those considering becoming a Buddhist Chaplain require a mature outlook and a caring and empathetic nature with good communications skills. It is also strongly recommended that the candidate is a regular meditation practitioner.  Hospital Chaplains need to be able to cope with the demanding tasks of giving comfort to patients in the critical stages of their life i.e. the terminally ill and those on the verge of death.  Prison Chaplains need an ability to relate in a practical manner that can be understood by inmates of different backgrounds.

The process for becoming a Buddhist Chaplain includes the following steps (assuming an introductory Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) course has already been completed):
  1. Chaplaincy Program Application form is completed and submitted to BCNSW.
  2. Chaplaincy Support team interviews the applicant.

  3. Prison/hospital requiring a Buddhist chaplain is identified.

  4. A letter of recommendation is prepared.

  5. Interview by prison/hospital system.

  6. Criminal record check; prison chaplains also need to attend a security awareness course.

  7. Induction and orientation; an identification badge is issued