25 November 2014

What will chaplaincy look like in 2015, post-High Court ruling?

Posted in High Court

It’s been almost 18 months since the second High Court challenge began. Thank you for your support on this journey, we couldn’t have done it without knowing how much you value the work of chaplaincy.

In June, I told you that in line with the Court’s views in the first Williams case, the Court ruled against the current funding model, meaning another change must be made in order for funding to continue.

Well, that change is currently taking place!

The key difference to the programme following the High Court’s decision is an administrative one – the National School Chaplaincy Programme will be funded by the Commonwealth, but delivered by the states and territories.

The Government believes that school chaplains make a valuable contribution to the well-being of students and school communities.” — The Hon. Scott Ryan, Senator

In August, the Australian Government invited state and territory governments to participate in the National School Chaplaincy Programme – and to fund their chaplains over the next four years, and all accepted this funding.

Over the past few weeks, the Queensland Government has been working out a chaplaincy funding application process for schools. We must now work quickly to ensure chaplains are placed in schools that receive funding.

Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts as we complete this task. Thank you for your support in bringing hope to a young generation.

Peter James

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