Sexuality Education: Respecting Diversity

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

A range of resources are provided below to assist teachers with the inclusion of sexual diversity in the school’s sexuality education program.

Curriculum Planning Guidelines

This Department’s Curriculum Planning Guidelines include documents to assist teachers in identifying opportunities within the Victorian Essential Learning Standards where material can be inclusive of same-sex attraction and gender diversity.

The documents were prepared through the Education Subcommittee of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Gay and Lesbian Health, Department of Human Services, on behalf of this Department.

See: Curriculum Planning Guidelines

SSAFE – Same-Sex Attracted Friendly Environments in Schools

This collection of resources was produced by the Same-Sex Attracted Friendly Environments (SSAFE) in Schools Project, Friendly Planning Victoria and funded by the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council and VicHealth. The SSAFE resources are now available here and throughout this Department’s sexuality education website and Knowledge Bank.

Kaleidoscope manual - Lesson plan

This lesson plan (revised 2007) and its related resources originally appeared in the Kaleidoscope Manual (2004). The author Vivien Ray has provided the lesson plan with permission from the Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service. The lesson plan can be used as presented or treated as an outline of suggested learning activities. (The resource lists were current at time of publication.)

Funding for the development of the Kaleidoscope Manual was made available through the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

For additional support resources, see: Prevention and Support

Student reading material

The Suitable Teaching and Learning Resources section within the School Policy and Advisory Guide provides an outline of the decision-making processes associated with the use and selection of teaching and learning resources. The section recognises that the coexistence of diverse values is an essential tenet of education. It also emphasises that controversial topics will often be appropriate and important subjects of study in schools and, at times, cannot be avoided in the context of teaching and learning.

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Teen novels – secondary schools

  • Fifteen teen novels that include a focus on homosexuality (PDF - 19Kb) - This list identifies fifteen teen novels that examine a range of topics and include a focus on homosexuality. Further reading is also suggested in the SSAFE – Learning and teaching resources list (above). It is suggested teachers personally assess the chosen book for suitability within their developed lesson plan.

Primary school readers

  • About Learn to Include (PDF - 19Kb) - Learn to Include primary school readers are designed to promote inclusiveness and the acceptance of sexual diversity in families. The project is supported by the NSW Attorney General's Department – Crime Prevention Division.
  • A teacher’s manual is also available (located on the website’s Community Project page). See: Learn to Include readers

Website resources