Becoming an Air Force Chaplain

The Air Force is looking for ministers to join as full- or part-time Chaplains. If you are a Priest, Pastor or equivalent and looking for an exciting alternative ministry, please read on and make contact with us –

What does a day in the life of an Air Force Chaplain look like?

Chaplaincy aspects

  • Pastoral type care for Air Force members and their families
  • Advice to commanders on pastoral, religious, ethical and cultural issues as they affect the performance, morale, morals, welfare, and spiritual needs of Air Force members and their families
  • Character, leadership and ethics training
  • Religious services

Military aspects

  • Physical fitness
  • Weapons readiness
  • Exercises and short training courses (away from home base)

RAAF Chaplains

What about postings and overseas deployments?

Permanent or full-time Air Force Chaplains are posted to positions at bases across Australia and overseas for durations of approximately 3 years. Postings are decided according to current and future Air Force capability requirements and take into consideration:

  • operational deployments
  • supervision
  • professional development
  • family circumstances

Air Force Chaplains also play a key support role ‘on the ground’ on overseas deployments. Whilst this means being away from home for approximately 6 months, ministry opportunities are usually significantly enhanced with Air Force members in higher stress environments separated from family and friends.

What part do denominations play?

Guidance and advice Each Chaplain seeks guidance and advice from their denomination according to the framework set out by their denomination
Ongoing ordination and licensing Chaplains need to comply with ongoing ordination and/or licensing requirements set by their denomination.
Code of Conduct Chaplains are expected to adhere to the Code of Conduct as set by their denomination. These Codes of Conduct often include areas of behaviour considered 'acceptable' in general society but 'unacceptable' from a Christian/Church perspective.
Responding to allegations of misconduct Denominations are requested to review and respond to allegations of misconduct or abuse by Air Force Chaplains.

What is the ‘RACS’?

The Religious Advisory Committee to the Services or RACS is an advisory group, representing the faiths and denominations of Australian Defence Force Chaplains.

The primary activities of the RACS and its members are:

  • Endorsement of new Chaplains
  • Pastoral care of existing Chaplains
  • Input to Defence policy

The RACS is made up as follows:

Jewish Rabbi Ralph Genende
Catholic The Most Reverend Max Davis, AM
Anglican The Right Reverend Ian Lambert
Uniting The Reverend Doctor Murray Earl
Presbyterian The Very Reverend Professor Allan Harman
United Churches The Reverend Garry Lock, CSC
Muslim Sheikh Mohamadu Saleem


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