Chaplaincy Ministry in the ADF


Many Churches and Faith Groups provide provide Chaplains to the Australian Defence Force. Chaplains serve in Navy, Army or Air Force in either full time or part-time capacities. 

It is a challenging and rewarding ministry which is not for the faint of heart. 

You need to be robust, physically fit, academically prepared, with a wide experience of pastoral ministry. You also need to demonstrate qualities which suit Chaplaincy Ministry and also prove your suitability as an officer within the ADF. 

The ADF are currently looking for new Chaplains and are particularly interested in recruiting females to this role. 

If you are interested in exploring this ministry please contact Ralph Estherby – Member of the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services (Representing ACC, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Salvation Army, Seventh-day Adventist and Wesleyan Methodist Churches) for more information. 

His email is [email protected]

Here is an article which outlines the role and experience you can expect as a Military Chaplain. 


Here is a video which illustrates some of the opportunities of Military Chaplaincy.




  • You must be physically and medically fit for service in the ADF 
  • You must have highly developed people skills 
  • You must be endorsed by a sending faith group. 
  • You must be an Ordained Minister  with at least two years Pastoral Experience. 
  • You must have a Bachelors Degree in Theology or Ministry (or equivalent). 
  • You must be willing to provide ‘unrestricted service’ for Full Time or reasonable availability (1 day per week + 2 weeks a year) if PartTime.