NightWatch: An Urban Ministry that is a part of the answer


SELF ASSESSMENT - A NightWatch Volunteer will be asked to:

  • have, or be prepared to apply for, an accredited Blue Card and/or police check;
  • have, or be prepared to be trained in First Aid Certificate (minimum);
  • engage in NightWatch duties, openly, without prejudice, fear or condemnation;
  • work with the general public who may be intoxicated, injured, sick or in need of safety, care and support or problem solving; or who may be irritable or aggressive;
  • accept that the ChaplainWatch is a Christian faith-based organisation, and are prepared to work without bias, but will work with tolerance and acceptance and serve under a Christian ethical framework.  This requires acting in accordance with the Gospel values of:
    • respect for the dignity of each person
    • a service offered in love
    • an attitude that is non-discriminatory, non-judgmental and non- prejudicial
    • personal integrity, honesty and trustworthiness
    • compassionate care for those who are most vulnerable

Faith based social action happens when people of faith work together, often with others outside their faith community, in order to achieve real and positive change within their local community.

  • prepared to be rostered on for 2 nights per month (or more, your choice), on either Friday and/or Saturday nights from 10.30pm to 5am;

  • be prepared to commit to a minimum quarterly training (nighttime and/or weekend-day);
  • accept to work under the NightWatch and ChaplainWatch policies and procedures;
  • act in accordance with the NightWatch Code of Conduct and follow designated operational procedures unless, under the direction of a Team Leader, police or ambulance officer, specific circumstances dictate otherwise;
  • commit to following standardised first aid procedures within the boundaries of your level of training;
  • prepared to be always attentive to your own safety, and to that of your colleagues;
  • have an character that is not self-serving, egocentric or arrogant but has a professional world-view so you can work in mutual respect between all Team Members.  This is important to understand as we all come from different backgrounds.  We all bring diverse worldviews, different training, special skill, and spiritual and cultural backgrounds to the table;
  • able to start soon


If you are able to genuinely meet ALL of these self-assessment criteria, then feel free to:
FIRST:   Fill in the enquiry fields below and send.

SECOND: There are two selection processes: 

1.  A (phone) interview will be done with you by the Senior Team Leader, who will, among other things address the selection criteria, above, with you.
You will thereafter be advised if you are successful and invited out for a 'Ride-along'.
Do not be surprised if you are not successful as this work is unique. 
2.  You will be invited out to do a “Ride-Along’ (2-6 times)

Thereafter the NightWatch Leadership will review and if accepted the applicant will be invited to be inducted as a NightWatch Team Member.

Team Member(s) Contribution:
Financial contribution

One-off, upfront $100 per single adult or $150 per couple.  Holders of a Centrelink Health Care card will receive a 50% discount off the appropriate contribution.

We recommend, but do not insist, that these payments are normally made through your local church to confirm their support for your ministry.

You supply
Black trousers, duty belt, black non-porous shoes for all duties.

NightWatch will then provide

All training thereafter
Uniforms: polo shirt, speciality vest, first aid supplies, and equipment such as torch, two-way radio, Oximeter, and relevant PPE.

NightWatch Team Members are required to attend pre-service and on-going formation and training.
NightWatch Team Members will have access to conflict resolution procedures when required. 


Confirmation Message

Thank you for registerting your interest in becoming a NIghtWatch volunteer. We will be in touch shortly with further details.

Regards, Lance Mergard

Senior Chaplain