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The Diocese of Bathurst is one the region’s largest employers, employing thousands of people working in agencies involved in a broad range of activities including diocesan and parish ministry, Catholic school education, social services, chaplaincy, administration and financial services. Our employees, in serving the mission of the Church by fostering a communion of vibrant parish, school, welfare and religious communities, enjoy excellent working conditions, including family-friendly workplaces, salary packaging, paid maternity leave for eligible employees and other benefits. Applicants must be willing to respect and uphold the ethos and teachings of the Catholic Church and have a commitment to our vision and mission.

The document, Integrity in the Service of the Church, published by the Australian Catholic Bishops and the Leaders of Religious Institutes in Australia, provides a guideline of workers’ expected principles and behaviour standards. If you are looking for current positions vacant in Catholic education, please visit Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst employment page on their website. If you are looking for current positions vacant in our social services agency, Centacare, please visit Centacare’s employment page on their website.

For all other positions vacant, notices will be posted below.

Prison Chaplain
Catholic Diocese of Bathurst

The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst was established in 1865 and covers an area of 103,680 sq km. encompassing 17 parishes, 33 Catholic primary and secondary schools and social services agency, Centacare Bathurst, which provides professional social services across the Diocese. To assist in the delivery of pastoral care and ministry, the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst is currently seeking a Full Time Chaplain servicing the Correctional Facility in Wellington NSW.

Our ideal candidate will support the wider organisational values, ethos and mission whilst maintaining a community-centred focus within their role and service. Reporting to the Director of Mission and Renewal, the Prison Chaplain works across a multi-faith and multi-denomination environment within the Wellington Correctional Facility. This includes leading worship, facilitating prayer and working within the recommendations for chaplains listed in the CCA guidelines and Corrective Services. If you are an engaging team player with excellent communication skills, stakeholder and community liaison experience and a genuine commitment to the most vulnerable in our community, we’d love to hear from you. Within the Diocesan family, you will be supported with excellent relationships, mentoring, workplace flexibility, collaborative work styles, invested development and exceptional opportunities to contribute to the community. An Employment Assistance Program and Chaplain Development Days are just some of the other benefits well received by our existing teams.

Selection Criteria
Basic theological or related qualifications – a Degree or (minimum) Diploma level.
Significant pastoral experience, which may include related church or life experience(Recognised Prior Learning).
A clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of chaplaincy
Willingness and skills to work in a multi-disciplinary, multi-faith and multi-cultural setting
Demonstrated communication skills and the ability to confidently liaise with all stakeholders
The successful candidate will have either completed the required level of Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE) or equivalent or undertake and complete, the required level of CPE or equivalent within the first 12 months of employment.

For further information please contact Deacon Josh Clayton, Mission and Renewal Director via email:

In our search for the best candidate at the earliest opportunity, expressions of interest may be reviewed and progressed prior to the advertised close date of 11.59pm 9 September 2022. The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Download a copy of the position description here.