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Patrol Ministry

Providing counselling, spiritual and pastoral care to the people of remote Australia


"tho' the way be long, the road rough and lonely, the cost great - well, we must just go on until the remotest Inlanders know that they are a part of our life, and their lives part of ours."  

- Bruce Plowman, the first patrol padre, at the end of an exhausting 4,000km patrol, 1914-15

Patrol Ministry in remote and isolated Australia is the beating heart of Frontier Services’ mission. It has been our tradition for more than 100 years to send “padres” to places like the Pilbara, Central and South Australia, The Kimberley, Western Queensland, Cape York and elsewhere.

This mobile ministry to the people of the outback commenced with the Australian Inland Mission (AIM) and Federal Methodist Inland Mission (FMIM) in the early 20th Century. It is a bond that reaches across generations.

The foundation stone of all activities which Frontier Services offers outback people is facilitated by the renown of its Patrol Ministry. Since the days of Rev Dr John Flynn, the mobile “padre” has been a byword for compassionate care, counselling, work and companionship to outback families. Even in our modern day, there is no “digital” or “virtual” alternative to sending an individual to remote Australia to be with the people in their daily lives.

Frontier services is still the main contributor financially to remote area ministry and will maintain primary responsibility for raising the funds to keep the patrols active into the future.

Our work is 100% funded by your kind donations, for your generosity and prayers, we thank you!


New South Wales

The Cobar/Nyngan Patrol was established in 2010 as a partnership between the Macquarie Darling Presbytery and Frontier Services. 


Northern Territory

There are three patrols operating in the Northern Territory; the West Arnhem/Jabiru Ministry, based in Jabiru, the Tennant Barkly Patrol based in Tennant Creek and the Centralian Patrol, based in Alice Springs. 



The Cunnamulla/Burke and Wills Patrol is a combined patrol. Based in Cunnamulla, the patrol covers approximately 450,000 square kilometres. 


South Australia

The Parkin Sturt Patrol is a combined patrol covering a substantial part of remote South Australia.   




Based in Oatlands, the Midlands Glamorgan Patrol services many small communities and hamlets. Towns and communities in the area have been depopulated, placing a severe financial, emotional and a social strain upon people living there.



The High Country Patrol, based in Swifts Creek also services some of the area of the former Snowy River Patrol, which extends across the NSW border. 


Western Australia

Two patrols operate in Western Australia. The Pilbara Patrol, based in Tom Price and the Murchison Patrol which is based in Meekatharra. 


Pray for our Patrol Ministers

You are invited to pray individually or as part of a church community for each of our Patrol Ministers as they share the love of Christ with all who live and work across remote Australia in what is effectively a ‘ministry of grace’.

Our Patrol Ministers visit people on isolated properties and in small townships, in Aboriginal communities, at mine sites, in national parks, with council road gangs and people who are travelling.

In remote Australia, our Patrol Ministers are often the only source of spiritual support and confiding trust for many of these people. They travel tens of thousands of kilometres each year, collectively visiting thousands of families and individuals.

If you would like to know more regarding our ministry or if you have any questions please email:

Karajini Service