Dear Department of Defence,
When it was in force, regulation 110(2)(a) of the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002 outlined a procedure for the approval of chaplains. In particular, it stated that to be approved as chaplains, applicants must be "a member of a church or faith group approved by the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services".
The explanatory statement to the new Defence Regulations 2016 states that "the provisions in the Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002 that dealt with arrangements for chaplains have been removed. These arrangements will now be addressed in internal Defence policy documents, without changing the nature of their service."
This being the case, does the Religious Advisory Committee to the Services still maintain a list of approved faiths, and if so, would you please be able to send it to me?
Thank you for your email. Your email has been forwarded for consideration/action.
Please find attached a list of the 64 religions/faith group/belief groups available for ADF personnel to choose from. For those who cannot find a specific religion, there is a group called Other Christian. If they have a different faith/belief group from Other Christian they may choose from the list, including Agnostic, atheist, free thinker etc.
Defence People Group has decided to release this information to you administratively, that is outside the provisions of the FOI Act.
If you have any questions or if our office can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dear Matthews, Venessa MS,
Thank you so much for providing me the information.