Religious organisations, hospitals, disability services and camps are now covered by Victoria’s Reportable Conduct Scheme. This scheme also applies to Special Religious Instruction (SRI)
The Special Religious Edcuation secretariat will conduct a seminar for SRI teachers with Julie Perin, of Telling Words during September.
Religions for Peace Australia is required to gain the approval of the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for any volunteer instructor to teach the religion of each faith tradition. RfP Australia works in partnership with the major umbrella body of each faith tradition, which has the responsibility for training and accrediting each volunteer instructor. This accreditation process is the umbrella body’s stamp of approval that the instructor is capable of teaching the faith tradition in a government school setting and has the level of religious knowledge and the level of pedagogical knowledge to do so.
In the approval process, RfP Australia has the responsibility to ensure the acceditation process has been completed and the volunteer instructor has met the provisions of the Working with Children Act. Joyce Rebiro is the multifaith educator appointed by RfP Australia to oversee this process of gaining the approval of the Department.
See the Forms page for the papers and steps necessary to obtain approval as an Instructor for Special Religious Instruction.