An Australian Defence Chaplain is a person that provides broad-based pastoral care to members of the Australian Defence Force and their families, administering spiritual support while advising Command on matters of personnel welfare.

Chaplains in the Australian Defence Force, Navy, Army and Air Force are commissioned officers and wear the uniform of officers of their particular branch of the services as well as the rank to which they are qualified.

Chaplains in the Australian Defence Force begin their commission as a mid-rank and depending on seniority can rise to senior ranks of commissioned officers within their respective service of Navy, Army and Air Force.

A Defence Anglican Chaplain is sent out by the Anglican Church of Australia to minister in the name of Jesus whenever and wherever opportunities arise.

It can be an adventurous ministry testing the chaplains spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical resources.

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