Standards and Policies



  Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) has been working on a Standards of Practice document to give greater clarity to practitioners, managers and institutions regarding the professional work of those involved in Spiritual Care. The Document outlines a minimum set of Standards that govern the way practitioners go about their work to ensure the safety of clients and coworkers and what is considered best practice in the field of pastoral and spiritual care.

At the 2014 SCA National Conference the standards were Launched and the document will be roles out to stakeholders in the coming weeks/months. A PDF version of the Standards are available from the link below.

Download or to request a hard copy of the Standards of Practice booklet please Contact us.

Official Documents


Spiritual Care Australia partnered with Spiritual Health Victoria in June 2017 to conduct a consensus conference on the ways in which spiritual care enhances quality and safety, with a particular emphasis on health care. The conference was attended by 68 participants from every state and territory.

The need to care for patients’ psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs is acknowledged nationally by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Yet there is no consistent approach to the provision of spiritual care across the Australian health system. 

At the conference, five principles for the design and delivery of spiritual care services were agreed as well as ten policy statements.

The Report will be useful to all working in health care, as well as other sectors, and is available for Download here.



SCA Constitution January 2016


Nominations are now open for Life Membership
Nomination for Life Membership Guidelines
Nominations are now closed for a position on the Board 
Best of Care Awards 2021 Nominations are now open
Best of Care brochure

Policies & Procedures

The board of Spiritual Care Australia has developed a number of policy documents, some are available on this page.
Establishment and Management of SCA Hubs    
Policy - Life Membership 
Policy - Privacy 
Code of Conduct
SCA Mandatory Declarations for Membership for New or Renewing Members
Supervision Guidelines for Practitioners
SCA PD and Supervision Requirements 


Review of certification 2019

Certification Project Report