CatholicCare is seeking a Chaplain for Parklea Correction Centre. The role will be part-time and include spiritual and pastoral care.

About the Role:

Chaplaincy, in conjunction with a range of other services, ensures that people in custody are given the best chance of successfully reintegrating into society once they have completed their sentences.

As a Catholic Chaplain you will provide high quality transformational pastoral care and spiritual support to inmates, staff, and families in line with the CatholicCare Mission, Vision and Values.

In doing so, you will work inclusively with people of diverse backgrounds and needs, of faith or not, to sustain and empower them to attain holistic wellbeing.

This role is a part time positions to work at Parklea Correction Centre (medium to maximum security for male inmates).


About You

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • Endorsement by the Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committee (CCAC) and accredited by the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) to work as a full-time, part-time or sessional chaplain to inmates, correctional officers and departmental officers at a correctional centre
  • Pastoral Care and/or Pastoral Counselling qualifications such as Clinical Pastoral Education (minimum 400 hours) or equivalent and ability to articulate a variety of theological perspectives arising from an individual’s particular theological formation. CatholicCare is also willing to consider a candidate that is prepared to undertake and complete (minimum 400 hours) accredited CPE course within a year of appointment
  • A tertiary qualification in Spiritual Care or Theology such as Master of Arts or Social Science (specialising in spiritual care, counselling) (Desirable)
  • Evidence of a current COVID-19 vaccination Certificate
  • Ability to lead prayer and liturgy
  • A current NSW drivers’ licence with the flexibility to travel to multiple locations

Work perks

  • Salary packaging benefits – earn up to $15,900 per annum tax free and up to an additional $2650 per annum on meal and entertainment packaging.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program

About CatholicCare

At CatholicCare Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains we are committed to making sure no one is left behind.

We have the people, the resources, and the plans in place to make a real difference in the lives of people who find themselves facing difficult circumstances.

We are a team of people who are passionate about what we do and truly care about people – no matter where they come from, what they look like or how they see the world.

CatholicCare is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities. If you would like to discuss accessibility requirements, preferred communication methods and/or adjustments please contact

When successful, you will be required to provide a national police check, (obtained in the last 6 months,) and an Employee Working with Children’s with both having no disclosable outcomes and provide evidence of your right to work in Australia. You  will also be required to attend  An interview with the Chaplaincy Coordinator for Corrective Services and further screening and clearances will take place with the Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committee and accreditation by the Commissioner of Corrective Services

How to Apply

If you are passionate about working with the community and want to experience a role that is both challenging and rewarding, we would love to hear from you!

  • Submit your application via email (Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria and Resume). Email:, using the subject line: Chaplain. The position description can be downloaded via the following link:  PD Prison Chaplain
  • If you are shortlisted, you will take part in a 10-15-minute phone screen
  • Be invited to come along to an interview where CatholicCare will determine your suitability for the role
  • Your reference checks
  • Be invited to an interview with the Chaplaincy Coordinator for Corrective Services and further screening and clearances will take place with the Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committee and accreditation by the Commissioner of Corrective Services
  • A verbal offer followed by necessary safety, employment, and compliance screening
  • Offer of employment and determine when you can start and join the team!


CatholicCare is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and vulnerable adults and that all children, young people and vulnerable adults have an equal right to protection from abuse. We will take every reasonable step to ensure that children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected. All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.