Religion and ethics

Special Religious Education (SRE), Special Education in Ethics (SEE) and Voluntary student activities of a religious nature in schools (VSA) are able to occur in 2022.

SRE/SEE/VSA providers will need to follow the COVID-smart measures that apply in the school, such as:

  • All staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated and are expected to access their booster shot when they become eligible.
  • No one is to attend school if unwell, even with mild symptoms.
  • From Monday 28 February, masks will no longer be mandatory for staff and students in high schools. Staff in K-12 schools should continue to wear masks indoors in the primary settings. From Monday 7 March, masks will no longer be mandatory for staff in primary schools and early childhood settings. In line with community settings, workers who support our students with disability in schools for specific purposes (SSPs), support units and some mainstream classrooms will be required to wear masks while working with students.
  • All visitors must continue to follow their school’s check-in process when attending a school site or gathering.
  • Maintain 1.5 metres physical distancing wherever practicable and good hygiene.
  • From Monday 28 February, schools will no longer need to keep students in their class or year cohort groups. Where cohorts are being mixed, work with schools to apply the layered COVID-smart advice for minimising risk.
  • Singing and chanting are permitted in well-ventilated or outdoor venues. Consider reducing the period of group singing to less than 30 minutes to minimise transmission risk.

Please refer to the refer to the advice for families page on the department's COVID-19 page for additional information.

The Education Act 1990 states 'in every government school, time is to be allowed for the religious education of children of any religious persuasion'. Special education in ethics can be offered as a secular alternative to special religious education.

Special religious education

Special religious education (SRE) is education in the beliefs and practices of an approved religious persuasion. Under the Education Act 1990, section 32, government schools allow time for special religious education. It is delivered by authorised representatives of approved religious groups to students who have nominated that religion. Times for classes are negotiated with the school.

Information about the implementation of religious education:

Special education in ethics

Special education in ethics (SEE) is a program in ethical decision making, action and reflection within a secular framework.

Under the Education Act 1990, s. 33A government schools provide an option of SEE to students who are not attending SRE, if it is practicable for SEE to be made available.

Primary Ethics is the approved provider of SEE.

The following links provide additional information about the implementation of SEE:

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