National Student Wellbeing Program (NSWP) formerly National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP)

On 16 June 2022, the Australian Government announced that they would expand the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) program to allow schools to choose either a professionally qualified student wellbeing officer or a chaplain. The NSCP will be known as the National Student Wellbeing Program (NSWP) from 2023 onwards.

The new funding agreement and schedule are currently being negotiated between the Commonwealth and the States with an expected completion date of November 2022. 

For the 2023 school year, NSWP funding will roll over to schools receiving NSCP funding in 2022. In 2023 all schools will be invited to apply to participate in the NSWP from 2024 to 2027.

The Government is proposing, at a minimum, the following terms for participation in the NSWP:

  • participation by schools and students is voluntary
  • schools can choose either a chaplain or student wellbeing officer
  • chaplains and student wellbeing officers may be of any faith
  • chaplains and student wellbeing officers are not permitted to proselytise and must respect, accept and be sensitive to other people's views, values, and beliefs
  • chaplains and student wellbeing officers must comply with national, state and territory laws and policies about child protection matters
  • chaplains and student wellbeing officers must have relevant and valid state and territory working with children or vulnerable person checks or a national police check
  • chaplains and student wellbeing officers must meet minimum qualification requirements of a Certificate IV qualification or equivalent with competencies in mental health and making appropriate referrals
  • chaplains and student wellbeing officers must complete the eSafety cyberbullying  schools will be eligible to receive up to $20,280 in financial assistance per annum ($24,336 for schools in remote/very remote areas)    

AISWA will notify schools when further information becomes available and applications for 2024 - 2027 funding open.

If you have any queries regarding the NSWP, please contact Nicole Brown, Wellbeing Consultant or Sue Mulholland Administrative Support Officer 

2022 - 2023 NSWP (NSCP) - Participating Schools

Al-Ameen College
Alkimos Baptist College
ALTA-1 College
Atlantis Beach Baptist College
Austin Cove Baptist College
Australian Christian College - Darling Downs
Australian Christian College - Southlands
Australian Islamic College (Dianella)
Australian Islamic College (Kewdale)
Australian Islamic College (Thornlie)
Beechboro Christian School
Bethel Christian School
Bunbury Baptist College
CAPS Coolgardie
Carey Baptist College, Forrestdale Campus
Carey Baptist College, Harrisdale Campus
Carmel Adventist College
Carmel Adventist College Primary
Cornerstone Christian College
Dale Christian School
Ellenbrook Christian College
Emmanuel Christian Community School
Esperance Christian School
Fairbridge Western Australia Inc
Foundation Christian College
Fountain College
Fremantle Christian College
Georgiana Molloy Anglican School
Goldfields Baptist College
Grace Christian School
Great Southern Grammar
HillSide Christian College
John Calvin School Albany
Kalamunda Christian School
Kerry Street Community School
Kulkarriya Community School
Landsdale Christian School
Mandurah Baptist College
Margaret River Independent School
Mundaring Christian College
Northshore Christian Grammar School
Parnngurr Community School
Perth Waldorf School
Port School
Rehoboth Christian College
Southern Hills Christian College
Sowilo Community High School
Geraldton Christian College 
Swan Christian College
Swan Valley Anglican Community School
The King's College
Tranby College
Victoria Park Christian School
West Coast Steiner School
Wongutha CAPS
Wulungarra Community School
Yakanarra Community School
Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School
National School Chaplaincy Program