Education and Training Reform Act 2006 – Except:
Where the provisions, powers and functions of this Act relate to international education, the Minister’s responsibilities under this Act are to be read subject to and together with the responsibilities of the Minister for International Education as set out in the General Order.
- Section 1.1.3(1) (this section is jointly and severally administered with the Minister for Families and Children and the Minister for Training and Skills)
- Sections 2.5.3(2)(ab), (ib), (ic), (p)(ii) and (tb) and section 2.5.3(5) (these provisions are jointly administered with the Minister for Families and Children)
- Section 2.5.3 (except sections 2.5.3(2)(ab), (ib), (ic), (p)(ii) and (tb) and section 2.5.3(5)) in so far as it relates to vocational education and training, and senior secondary certificate delivery by registered education and training organisations and adult community and further education providers; Chapter 3; Division 4 of Part 4.3; Division 5 of Part 4.3; Division 6 of Part 4.3; Division 7 of Part 4.3; sections 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 in so far as they relate to courses delivered and qualifications issued to students other than students in schools; section 4.4.3; section 4.4.4; section 4.4.5 in so far as it relates to courses delivered and qualifications issued to students other than students in schools; Part 4.5 in so far as it relates to courses delivered to overseas students, other than overseas students in schools; sections 4.6.3, 4.6.4, 4.7.5, 4.7.6, 4.7.10, 4.7.12, 5.2.1(2)(d)(ii), 5.2.1(2)(d)(iv) and 5.2.1(2)(f); Divisions 2 and 3 of Part 5.4; Part 5.5; Division 3 of Part 5.8; section 6.1.6; section 6.1.19 (except section 6.1.19(1)); sections 6.1.20, 6.1.26, 6.1.27, 6.1.29, 6.1.31, 6.1.32 and 6.1.33; Schedule 4 (these provisions are administered by the Minister for Training and Skills)
- Sections 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.8, 6.1.21 and 6.1.22 (these sections are jointly administered with the Minister for Training and Skills)
- Chapter 1 (except section 1.1.3(1)); Part 4.1; sections 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.2.9, 4.6.1 and 4.6.2; Part 4.6A; sections 4.7.2, 4.7.3, 4.7.4, 4.7.8, 4.7.9 and 4.7.11; Part 4.8; Part 4.9; Part 5.1; Part 5.2 (except sections 5.2.1(2)(d)(ii), 5.2.1(2)(d)(iv) and 5.2.1(2)(f)); sections 5.3.1, 5.3.2 and 5.3.3; Part 5.3A; Division 1 of Part 5.4; section 5.7.2; Division 1 of Part 5.8; Division 2 of Part 5.8; sections 5.8.4, 5.8.6, 5.8.7, 5.8.7A, 5.8.8 and 5.8.9; Part 5.9; Part 5.10; sections 6.1.9, 6.1.19(1), 6.1.23, 6.1.24, 6.1.25 and 6.1.30; and Schedules 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 9 (these provisions are jointly and severally administered with the Minister for Training and Skills)
Administration of Acts - Supplement to the General Order of 23 May 2016
Ministerial Direction 145 - Special Religious Instruction in Government Schools
On 9 November 2015, the Minister for Education approved new Ministerial Direction 145 (replacing MD141). MD145 applies from Term 1, 2016. It was introduced to move SRI to lunchtimes or before or after school. This change frees up 30 minutes of valuable class time per week in schools where SRI is offered.
The key points in the new Ministerial Direction are:
- SRI may only be offered during lunchtime, or in the hour before or after school, for a maximum of 30 minutes.
- Principals have the decision-making responsibilities around SRI in their schools; however, it is important that they carefully consider the circumstances of their school and the views of all the school community when making the decision about whether to offer SRI.
- The administrative burden has been reduced and principals are no longer required to seek parental interest each time an instructor approaches the school to offer SRI.
- To increase flexibility within the new policy, where an instructor is willing, SRI may now be delivered to multi-age groupings of students rather than being limited to ‘normal class organisation’.
- To increase transparency in the decision making process, the new ministerial direction now expressly provides that principals must not have regard to their own personal views about religion or their personal religious beliefs or practices in making a decision to offer, or not to offer, or to cease offering SRI.
Schools and parents will receive further information to support implementation of MD145.
For the full Ministerial Direction and policy, see:
Ministerial Direction 145 - Special Religious Instruction in Government Schools (pdf - 1.85mb)
Ministerial Direction 145 - Special Religious Instruction in Government Schools (docx - 50.55kb)
Special Religious Instruction 2016
School Policy and Advisory Guide