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Gus Yearsley - Tasmanian State Director

Gus is involved with a number of chaplaincy roles across Tasmania, including disaster chaplaincy, airport chaplaincy in Hobart and Launceston, and police chaplaincy. As an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches, he has broad ministry experience and is a pastor at Grace Church in Rokeby. Gus is passionate about chaplaincy and seeks to release qualified and accredited chaplains to support people in various organisations, workplaces and communities.

Office Details

Gus Yearsley
Tasmania State Director

[email protected]

0432 620 253

Regional Chaplains

Our Network is supported by a fantastic group of Regional Chaplains and we are building that network in TAS.  Over the next few months we will be strengthening these regional chaplains and providing you with the support you need. 

Chaplaincy Australia Tasmania

Our chaplaincy network across lutruwita/Tasmania is growing in size, influence and effectiveness as we build connections with chaplains in various locations and settings.

Christian chaplains (current and aspiring) are encouraged to join Chaplaincy Australia to help develop support networks and to access ongoing professional development opportunities.

Most of our ACC churches have at least one chaplain connected with them and contributing to the life of their local church.

Regional chaplains (north-west, north and south) will be appointed soon to further strengthen chaplaincy networks.  

Minister’s Chaplaincy Upgrade

Course details

This three-day online Minister’s Chaplaincy Upgrade (MCU) is designed for Pastors and Ministers with at least five years of ministry experience who would like to 

  • gain a chaplaincy qualification that could lead to accreditation, and/or
  • upskill in the chaplaincy space.

This intensive is provided by Alphacrucis University College (AC) in conjunction with Chaplaincy Australia (CA), and covers two Units of study:

  • Work with people with mental health issues (i.e., establishing respectful relationships with people with mental health issues, determining the needs of people with mental health issues, and working with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs), and
  • Respond to client needs (i.e., establishing an interpersonal relationship with a client, identifying the range of issues impacting a client, analysing information to determine a course of action, and referring clients to other supports).

These two Units form part of a longer course, the Cert IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. Ministers who complete the MCU can then, if they wish, go on and complete other Units of the Cert IV to gain a broader understanding of chaplaincy and pastoral care, and a wider scope of competencies.


“I recently completed the Ministers Chaplaincy Upgrade. The balance of a 3-day intensive and then assignments in an online setting made the course very manageable.   The intensive equipped me to better understand some of the challenges and principles around issues like mental health and responding to client needs. The assignments resourced me to know what is available in my local area to support people, which I have found invaluable. It has also opened a door for me to volunteer as a Chaplain in my local community.    Highly Recommended.”

Ps Paul McCullock – Hope Unlimited Church, NSW

The specifics

Dates – August 16–18, 2023

Times – 8.30 am to 5 pm each day

Location – hosted via Zoom

Cost – $670 (paid on enrolment)

Assessments – there will be a few hours of assessments to complete in the evenings or post-intensive

Trainer – Ps Ralph Estherby, National Director of Chaplaincy Australia

Accreditation – An MCU provides pastors with a pathway to apply for accreditation with Chaplaincy Australia. Chaplaincy opens doors to serve the community and accreditation will give organisations confidence in your qualifications and credibility.

Applying and more information

The official AC page with all the details and links is here: https://www.ac.edu.au/awards/ministers-chaplaincy-upgrade/

Please note that this is an accredited Vocational and Education Training (VET) course, so you will need to apply as an AC Student; i.e., it is more involved than registering for a seminar or workshop.

Talking it through with an AC Future Students team member is recommended. You can complete the form here https://www.ac.edu.au/future-students/enquire/ to arrange for someone to call you to discuss.

Contact the Tasmanian Team

If you are living in lutruwita/Tasmania and are interested in exploring chaplaincy and/or if you are interested in training opportunities, please contact us.

Which one of these people needs a Chaplain?

You might be in just the right place at the right time…  make a decision today to train up to be a chaplain today.  

Accreditation Process

Our Chaplaincy network across TAS is growing in size, influence and effectiveness. We are excited that you are considering becoming a part of it. To apply to become a Chaplain or a Chaplaincy Associate please complete our online application form from our Accreditations page.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact  the National Accreditations Secretary [email protected].

Network Support

Our aim is to care for people at their point of need, by communicating the love of Christ in a compassionate and practical way. Equipped with theological training and skills in pastoral care, chaplains minister to people facing deeply distressing and traumatic situations, enabling them to better cope with periods of instability.

If you are interested in becoming a Chaplain then we would love to assist you in your journey. If it is training that you require, Chaplaincy Australia in partnership with Alphacrucis College (AC) can provide you with Chaplaincy specific training that will equip you for this ministry.

If you are already a Chaplain and active within your community but looking for a Network of Chaplains to connect with then please make contact with your State office.

We are committed to supporting you through: 

  • Ongoing support and encouragement through connection with a Regional Chaplain
  • Regular professional development days
  • Annual Chaplaincy Conference
  • Facilitation of mandatory supervision
  • Opportunity to train up and be deployed as part of our Disaster Response Teams