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About us

This page contains information about how the chaplaincy service functions in NSW correctional centres and international conventions that address correctional centre issues as they relate to chaplaincy services.

Memorandum of understanding

A memorandum of understanding exists between Corrective Services NSW and Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committee NSW (on behalf of its member religious organisations).

A copy of the MOU can be found on the Civil Chaplains Advisory Committee website.

Legislation in NSW

Part 4, Division 6 'Spiritual and pastoral care' of the Crimes (Administration of Sentences) Regulation 2014 contains provisions for chaplaincy services in NSW correctional centres.

International conventions

Listed are United Nations conventions that relate to human rights and correctional issues. Specifically, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights(Article 18) states that everyone has the right to freedom of religion, including the freedom to change religion or belief, and to manifest that belief in teaching, practice and worship. 

The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Section 42 says that as far as practicable, every prisoner shall be allowed to satisfy the needs of religious life by attending the services within institutions and having possession of books of religious observance and instruction.

The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for Non-Custodial Measures, otherwise known as the Tokyo Rules, are measures intended to promote greater community involvement in the management of criminal justice. In other words: minimum standards for parole. Chaplains can be an important part of an offender's reintegration into society, thus the Tokyo Rules become a component of a chaplain's mandate.

The United Nations Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment Principle 5 states that the fundamental principles of protection apply to all persons within the territory of any given State, without distinction of any kind, such as race, sex, religious or political belief, birth or other status.

​Our role and history

The history of chaplaincy services

The role of the prison chaplain



​7th International Prison Chaplains Association Worldwide Conference

19 - 24 September 2015

St Ignatius College, Riverview, Lane Cove, Australia

Theme: Telling Our Story


Directory of chaplains

See the directory of chaplains for contact details and availability of chaplains attached to each correctional centre in NSW.