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Religious education



“We wouldn’t want to be where you guys are, that’s for sure”

The years of 1972 to 1975 are seen as a turning point that still defines the education landscape. Gough Whitlam’s Australia? Yes, but also Norman Kirk’s New Zealand. That’s where the likeness ends, though, for the new educational epoch Kirk ushered in was quite different...

The role and importance of Islamic studies and faith in community Islamic schools in Australia

A 2015 study by the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) (Hassan, 2015) indicated that Australian Muslims represent 2.2% of the total population. With this figure, Islam is the third largest religion in the country after Christianity and Buddhism and the second fastest...

National school chaplaincy programme

The National School Chaplaincy Programme provides funding to government schools to appoint religious chaplains. This funding cannot be accessed to appoint non-religious student support staff. This is discriminatory against students of other faiths or beliefs, and runs counter to the founding principles of the Australian...

Government funding of religious schools

The government should not subsidise the activities of organisations that actively exclude members of society on the basis of otherwise protected attributes. End government funding for religious schools that discriminate against potential and current students on the basis of religious affiliation. The Australian government contributes...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Christopher Pyne's claims on private schools and religion get mixed verdicts

Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne claims Australia has the highest proportion of non-government schools in the OECD, and almost all of them are religious.

Private school, public cost

This report shows how funding has changed and how familiar claims about the relative cost of schools have become obsolete and misleading. It addresses questions that arise about our schools: what is public, what is private, what should be the difference between them, what obligations...

Not so straight: a national study examining how Catholic Schools can best respond to the needs of same sex attracted students

This report, prepared as a resource and training document for school administrators in Catholic schools, focuses on the needs of “same sex attracted students” among the 660,000 students who attend Catholic schools in Australia today.