Royal Australian Army Chaplains Department

The role of Defence Chaplaincy is to provide spiritual and pastoral support to Army’s people by bringing honour to the dead, comfort to the sick, hope to those in distress, and support to all.

The Royal Australian Army Chaplains Department has been established and providing support to Army for 110 years. It is comprised of Australian Army officers representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faith groups. Army Chaplains provide religious ministry, spiritual guidance, pastoral care, and a range of other support to Army members and their families. Chaplaincy actively engages with religious leaders and local communities to support the Australian Defence Force's people and mission.

Army Chaplains maintain an operational focus and are posted to Army units throughout Australia. They are members of the Commander's personnel support team, operating as a key staff advisers.

For chaplaincy support for Defence members and their families, please call 1300 333 362 and ask to speak to the Army Duty Chaplain in your region.

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