Pastoral Care and Spiritual Support

Pastoral care and spiritual support is provided by Navy Chaplaincy Branch to all Navy members and their families, to appropriately meet the individual’s spiritual and emotional needs toward enhancing Navy’s most important capability and enabling Navy people to continue to fight and win at sea. It encompasses all the ways in which attention is paid to the spiritual dimensions of life. It includes, but is not limited to, the provision of assessment, counselling, support and ritual in matters of a person’s beliefs, traditions, values and practices enabling the person to access their own spiritual resources and personal resilience.

It is most commonly offered in a one-to-one relationship, is persons centred and context dependent. It makes no assumptions or judgements about a person’s beliefs or life orientation. Pastoral care and spiritual support is not about proselytising and does not impose the practitioner’s beliefs or values. It offers a way for people to experience and make meaning of their hopes and fears. More broadly, its goal is human flourishing.

Navy Chaplaincy acknowledge their unique role in service of all Navy members and their families. Navy Chaplaincy are committed to creating a safe, supportive and caring environment. Navy Chaplaincy welcome all who seek pastoral care, religious or spiritual support.


Navy Chaplaincy Contact Numbers

DGCHAP-N Contact

COS-DGCHAP-N SCHA James Sutherland

Support services contacts

Centre Contact Number
National Welfare Coordination Centre 1800 801 026
Defence Member & Family Support 1800 624 608
All Hours Support Hotline 1800 628 036

24hr Regional Crisis Support

Regions Mobile
Australian Capital Territory 0420 996 367
New South Wales (Shoalhaven) 0421 687 817
New South Wales (Sydney) 0411 203 618
Northern Territory 0409 662 823
Queensland (Brisbane) 0411 203 618
Queensland (Cairns) 0407 798 472
South Australia 0411 203 618
Tasmania 0411 203 618
Victoria 0417 494 803
Western Australia 0407 212 967