Qualifications and Selection Criteria

Applying for a School Chaplaincy or Community Connector Position

We're looking for people who are qualified and dedicated to the wellbeing of local communities, including young people, families and wider community stakeholders. Are you committed to helping build communities that are connected, supported and whole? Are you committed to child safety?


All Korus Connect School Chaplains and Community Connectors must be qualified. In order to be selected for a position with Korus Connect, you must possess a completed relevant qualification to a minimum Certificate IV level and this can include, but is not limited to areas of study such as Youth Work, Youth Ministry, Youth Justice, Pastoral Care, Chaplaincy, Counselling, Community Services, Theology, Social Work, Education, Social Sciences, Psychology, Nursing or other equivalent qualifications.

All applicants MUST also be able to demonstrate within their qualifications equivalency in the mandatory areas of mental health and appropriate referrals and providing pastoral care or working with youth.

Upon an initial no obligation enquiry, we can provide an initial assessment of your completed qualifications to determine if they will meet the minimum requirement. To do this you can either contact the relevant Regional Community Manager (see positions vacant) or Central Office on 9811 0999 or impact@korusconnect.org.au.

If you wish to enquire about undertaking study in the mandatory topics mentioned above, please contact us via email at training@korusconnect.org.au or on 9811 0999 to discuss your study options.

Child Safety Check

Korus Connect is committed to child safety and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. We require applicants to have a valid Working with Children Check and disclose the results of a National Police Records Check issued within the last 12 months.

We can also accept current VIT registration in lieu of a WWCC. Please note that, should you choose to not renew your VIT registration, it is your responsibility to supply evidence of a valid Employee WWCC before the VIT expires.

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Endorsement from a Religious Organisation

Consistent with the philosophy, values, principles, beliefs and biblical foundations of Korus Connect, chaplains and community connectors must be endorsed by a recognised or accepted religious institution.

To satisfy this criteria, Korus Connect requires applicants provide at least one satisfactory reference from a Minister, Priest, Pastor or Leader from the Christian Community with which they are currently involved which adheres to at least one of the three ecumenical creeds.

Selection Criteria

Successful applicants will have demonstrated relevant abilities, experience and knowledge in:

  • Providing support to children, young people, families and local communities to address social and emotional needs.
  • Providing pastoral and spiritual care, advocacy and critical incident response to support children, young people, families, staff and local communities.
  • Delivering wellbeing services within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Supporting schools and teachers to identify and develop educational, social and emotional programs to support children and young people who are vulnerable or at risk (specific to School Chaplains).
  • Supporting a broad range of community members impacted by trauma.
  • Liaising with community service organisations, government agencies, hospitals, specialist programs and other allied health professionals.
  • Effective involvement and understanding of school and educational environments (specific to School Chaplains).
  • Effective involvement and understanding of local community dynamics and community engagement (specific to Community Connectors).
  • Demonstrated involvement with a local Christian church and/or ministry experience.
What support do you receive?

After successfully engaging with the endorsement process and being placed into a position, all new chaplains will receive the following supports prior to and during their role:

  • Online Orientation training
  • Direct access to a designated Regional Community Manager, including a one-on-one induction process
  • Direct access to an experienced Chaplain mentor
  • Connection to Regional training days with local peers
  • Independent Professional Supervisor and an annual Supervision allowance
  • In-house Professional Development focusing on Mental Health Response; Trauma Informed Care; Values Based Self Care; Strengths Based Approach; Grief and Loss; Responding to Crisis; Working with Different Cultures; Diversity and Equity; Theological Reflection
  • Access to Mandatory Reporting and Cyberbullying training modules
How to apply for a Position
  1. Visit our Positions Available page to view the current vacancies.
  2. Contact Korus Connect on (03) 9811 0999 or email impact@korusconnect.org.au or contact the relevant Regional Community Manager and request an Application Form.
  3. Submit your completed Application Form for the position you are interested in applying for including:
    - Your personal contact details
    - Current Resume
    - Certified copy or verifiable digital copy of current Police Records Check (less than 12 months old and purpose includes "Chaplain - Working with Children")
    - Current Employee WWCC or current VIT registration
    - Certified copies of your qualification certificate(s) and official academic transcript(s) - certified copies are mandatory
  4. Applicants who provided the above information may then be invited to attend a first round interview.
  5. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a second round interview with the school of the vacant position, or for the relevant community position.
  6. The successful candidate will be orientated and formally appointed as a School Chaplain or Community Connector.