ChaplainWatch Inc TM


ABN 60 338 945 269 dated 27 July 2007


ChaplainWatch Inc is an Incorporated Association with the Office of Fair Trading, and is governed by a Management Committee according to the Rules of Association.  Certificate of Registration IA35518, dated 22 June 2007.


ChaplainWatch Inc is a registered as a charitable body under the provisions of the State Government Collections Act 1966.

REGISTERED CHARITY, Commonwealth of Australia

ChaplainWatch is a registered Charity with The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.  The ACNC is the national regulator of charities in Australia, since 3 December 2012.


Charitable Services Institution

The Australian Tax Office endorses ChaplainWatch Inc as a Charitable Services Institution under Item(s) in Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997  [s4.1.7  Charitable Services Institution (ATO)]

Deductible Gift Recipient

Item 1 of the table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Australian Tax Office endorses ChaplainWatch Inc to be a 4.1.7 Charitable Services Institution and a Deductible Gift Recipient under Item 1 of the table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Taxation Endorsements

The ATO endorses ChaplainWatch Inc to access the following tax concessions

5 (a) Income tax exemptions from 2 July 2007 under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

5 (B)   GST concessions from 2 July 2007 under Division 176 of A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999.

5 (C) FBT rebate from 2 July 2007 under Section 123E of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment  Act 1986.


Trade Mark No. 1517017 was issued on 27 September 2012.  The trade mark is registered in the following class/es: 36, 41. 44, 45.


ChaplainWatch is committed to excellence in governance and has achieved HDAA accredited organisation status within the Queensland Department of Communities Human Services Quality Framework.


ChaplainWatch is a charitable faith-based community service organisation. Founded in 2001, by Pastor Lance Mergard, ChaplainWatch has made it’s home on the streets and in the entertainment precincts of Brisbane, where  we strive to continuously and intentionally achieve our mission, ‘watching out for you when good times go bad’.

ChaplainWatch seeks to intentionally intervene in areas of human need with an approach that recognises essential dignity and worth of each person – this guides our service delivery in each of our four project areas: ChaplainWatch, NightWatch, StreetWatch, LifeWatch.

ChaplainWatch is guided by our four core values:
  • Divinely Led
  • Intentional Intervention
  • Owning Response-ability
  • People Matter


Our Client service Charter details the level of service people can expect when receiving services from ChaplainWatch Inc.

Download ChaplainWatch’s Client Service Charter

Our Team

Lance Mergard

Founder & Senior Chaplain

Jesse Webb


Ross Howe

President / Management Committee Chair

Peter Van Eps

Secretary / Management Committee Member

Kalum De Silva

Treasurer / Management Committee Member

Rod Peters

Management Committee Member

Mark Vincent

Management Committee Member

Trent Meade

Management Committee Member

Mandy Cooper

Management Committee Member


Order of Australia (OAM) Rev Lance Mergard 2020

7 July 2020: Rev Lance Mergard awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community through social welfare organisations.

Rotary International 'Paul Harris Fellow' Award 2015

Lance Mergard, Senior Chaplain ChaplainWatch received the honour of being recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow in September 2015. The Fortitude Valley Rotary club awarded the honour to Lance as meeting high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris and Rotary International.

Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award 2014

Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards 2013

Recognising those who have made Brisbane a better place to be. Lance Mergard accepted the Brisbane Citizen of the Year award on 24/01/13 from The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor, Councillor Graham Quirk.

Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award 2009

For the project NightWatch – Public Safety in Public Spaces

Rotary Club, Pride of Workmanship - 2009

The Pride of Workmanship seeks to identify individuals whose exemplary contributions to their vocations are worthy of public acknowledgement.

The Valley Chamber Community Safety Group's Award 2011

For the Valley Chamber Community Safety Group most outstanding contribution for safety management by an individual.

QAS Commissioners Commendation Award for Bravery 2002

Lance was presented with a Commissioners Commendation award for bravery, citing, “…rendering life-saving first aid to a critically injured person under difficult circumstances and at personal risk…” by the Queensland Ambulance Service.