Creating safe Ministries

Safe Ministries

Anglican Chaplaincy Codes of Conduct

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia has adopted Faithfulness in Service, a national code for personal behaviour and the practice of pastoral ministry by clergy and church workers. At their respective meetings on 23 July 2005 and 17 August 2005, the Defence Force Board and the Bishop’s Standing Committee adopted Faithfulness in Service as the primary code of conduct applying to all Anglican ADF Chaplains. Each chaplain and ordinand has been supplied with a personal copy of Faithfulness in Service and is expected to be familiar with its contents and the expectations imposed upon all Anglican clergy and church workers. Faithfulness in Service was further revised in November 2011.


Download a copy of Faithfulness in Service (Nov 11)

Download the General Synod Offences Canon, which applies to all licenced Anglican clergy.

Allegations of Ministry misconduct, abuse and incidents

The Defence Anglicans Community is committed to good ministry practice. We have an independant and impartial process for dealing with complaints about ministry/chaplains misconduct, abuse and incidents. We use the safe ministries unit of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. If you have any concerns the abuse hotline is 1800 070 511.

Australian Defence Force Chaplains are also required to adhere to Defence Force regulations. Complaints relating to conduct within a service environment can be managed under Defence Instruction (General) PERSONAL 35–3 MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR. Complaints under this provision are made through your chain of command.

Apart from the abuse hotline, our Anglican Safe ministry unit can be contacted as follows:


Mrs Celia Irving
Professional Standards Director

Diocesan Office: 02 6232 3620
M:  0427 533 159


Peter Barnett
Deputy Professional Standards Director


Emma Langley
SMU Administration Assistant

T: 02 6232 3610