From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. This page is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 seeks to promote conciliation and resolve tensions between people who may vilify others on the grounds of race or religion and those who may be vilified.
Under the Act racial and religious vilification is any conduct which communicates serious racial and religious intolerance. Vilification includes communications that malign, abuse or seriously derogate other people or groups of people because of their racial background or religious beliefs and practices. It can include intimidation, damage to property, graffiti and expressions of hatred or contempt by messages over the internet. It is damaging not only to the individuals or groups vilified, but also to the cohesion and harmony of a culturally diverse society.
The Act makes exceptions for conduct or discussion that is engaged in ‘reasonably and in good faith’ in the course of a discussion of religious issues, in an artistic performance, for a genuine academic, artistic or scientific purpose or for any matter that is within the public interest.
The purpose of the Act is to promote racial and religious tolerance, and an understanding of the importance of cultural diversity. The Act aims to strike a balance by prohibiting racial and religious vilification while still ensuring that freedom of expression can be exercised.
The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 applies to all Victorians.
For further information, see: Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001