Minister of Religion

Community and Health


Civil Celebrant
Religious Assistant


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Ministers of religion lead religious organisations, perform spiritual and religious ceremonies and provide spiritual guidance to members of a particular religious group. They lead the members of FutureGrowthModerate their religious organisation in acts of worship, officiate at weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies, and offer a range of other community services, both in conjunction with the organisation they work for, and through their own personal day to day activities.

Ministers of religion may operate within any of a number of religions,
the beliefs and practices of which vary significantly.

ANZSCO ID & Description : 2722: Performs spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of a religious faith, and provides motivation, guidance and training in religious life for the people of a congregation or parish, and the wider community. This occupation requires high levels of personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience. Registration or licensing may be required.

Alternative names: Clergyman/woman; Chaplain; Religious Leader; Marriage Celebrant; Celebrant, Vicar

Specialisations: The term 'religious leader' covers a range of titles and functions such as Aboriginal ceremonial celebrant, Chaplain, Imam, Minister, Missionary, Monk, Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, Salvation Army Officer

Ministers of Religion are responsible for the guidance and instruction of the members of their faith, sect or tribe, and associated administrative duties.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • a deep personal commitment to a particular religious calling
  • enjoy working with people
  • awareness of the needs of the community
  • an understanding of the behaviour and responsibilities expected of religious leaders.

Duties and TasksChaplain with Bible

Ministers of Religion may perform the following tasks, which can vary according to the religion and the denomination

  • preparing and delivering sermons, homilies and special talks, and planning music for services
  • plan ceremonies and services
  • participate in and contribute to the social and welfare activities of communities encouraging people to be aware of their responsibilities, and organising participation in community projects
  • counsel and encourage people to be aware of their social and religious responsibilities
  • provide personal support to people undergoing a crisis such as illness, bereavement or family breakdown
  • conducting classes of religious instruction, and supervising prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars
  • conducting premarital and family counselling and referring people to professional service agencies where necessary
  • performing marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to tradition and ecclesiastical and civil law as well as conducting baptisms
  • translate and interpret scripture
  • explain and communicate scripture
  • keep records as required by civil or church law
  • visiting members of the community in their homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide advice and religious comfort and to visit the sick and elderly
  • preparing and conducting services of public worship, acknowledgments of faith and administer sacraments as required

Children praying

Working conditions

Ministers of religion work in churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. They may also work in schools, hospitals, prisons, offices, or in people's homes. They are usually required to travel to various places in the community in order to carry out their duties.

Ministers of Religion usually work regular business hours, but depending on the practices of their religion may be required to lead religious services at night or on weekends. Extensive travelling may be required. Some may operate as missionaries in isolated areas or overseas. Emotional and physical stress can be associated with the work.

Tools and technologies

Ministers of religion are required to be knowlegable of the texts that relate to their religion. They often use office equipment, including computers, and also use ceremonial apparel and other equipment associated with their religious denomination.


Listening to a sermon

Education and training/entrance requirements

There is no standard requirement for those wishing to become a minister of religion, as requirements vary according to which religion you follow, and which organisation you wish to join.

Some ministers of religion require no formal qualifications in order to practice, but have other requirements, such as having belonged to a particular religious institution for a certain period of time or having completed particular religious rites. Other organisations require their religious leaders to have studied theology at university or a similar institution.

In some religions particular facets of an individual’s lifestyle can be an impediment to becoming a religious leader, such as having been married, divorced, or having children.

    Did You Know?

    Chaplain Walter Dexter
    (Source: Copyright: Expired, public domain)
    Walter is the first on the left (at the back).

    That Walter Ernest Dexter was the most decorated Chaplain in the AIF in World War 1 obtaining a Distinguished Service Order in recognition of his Gallipoli exploits and was awarded the Military Cross in 1918 for his work in France.


Civil Celebrant
Community and Health

Service or PersuadingHelping or advisingSkill Level 1Skill Level 2

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Civil celebrants design, plan and perform civil (non-religious) marriage ceremonies, funerals, commitment ceremonies, namings and other ceremonies, in consultation with individuals, couples and Future Growth Very Strong families. Funerals, memorials and other loss ceremonies can be emotionally demanding for both celebrants and their clients.

ANZSCO ID: 451811

Alternative names: Celebrant, Marriage Celebrant, Funeral Celebrant, Family Celebrant and Community Celebrant.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • enjoy working with a variety of different people
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • confident in public-speaking situations
  • creative, flexible, tactful and empathetic
  • mature, ethical, responsible, dedicated and conscientious
  • socially and psychologically insightful
  • good organisation skills

Civil Celebrant
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Duties and Tasks

Civil celebrants may perform the following tasks:

  • work with individuals, couples, families or other groups to create a ceremony meeting their requirements
  • design and organise personalised ceremonies and deliver these ceremonies to a wide range of audiences in a variety of settings
  • perform marriages and ensure legal paperwork is correct and submitted on time
  • communicate with people dealing with significant life changes, including loss and grief
  • use computer and internet systems for research, marketing, communication and support via professional organisations and the Attorney-General's Department


Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a civil celebrant without formal qualifications. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. In order to perform weddings you will need to complete a VOC qualification in celebrancy and meet the requirements for registration with the Attorney-General's Department.

To become a registered marriage celebrant with the Attorney- General's Department, you must be at least 18 years of age and meet the Fit and Proper Person Requirements set for appointment. You will also need to undertake regular professional development. Marriage celebrants have a complex set of responsibilities under the law, and failure to meet these is a criminal offence in some cases.

There are separate registration criteria for marriage celebrants who are fluent in an Australian Indigenous language.


Religious Assistant
Community and Health

Clerical or OrganisingHelping or advisingSkill Level 3Skill Level 4Skill Level 5

Religious Assistants support Ministers of Religion or religious communities in performing a variety of religious functions associated with the practise of a religion, including worship, spiritual guidance, and pastoral care and teaching. FutureGrowthModerate

ANZSCO ID: 451816

Duties and Tasks

  • conducts services of worship and acknowledgment of faith
  • delivers sermons, homilies, special talks, and plans music for services
  • participates in activities of communities, encourages people to be aware of their responsibilities, and organises community projects
  • conducts classes of religious instruction, and supervises prayer and discussion groups, retreats and seminars
  • conducts premarital and family counselling and refers people to professional service agencies where necessary
  • assists with performance of marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to tradition and ecclesiastical and civil law
  • visits members of the community in their homes, hospitals and other institutions to provide advice and religious comfort
  • keeps records as required by the church and civil law.

Religious Assistant
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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a Religious Assistant without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.




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