April 2009

26th April, 2009

Dear Member of Religions for Peace Australia,

Greetings again! And it is again time for the Annual General Meeting, and details are enclosed. You have been all receiving news on our email network, especially from WCRP or Religions for Peace International with its headquarters in New York because of its work with the UN. This will have kept you informed of developments internationally.

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Instructor Approval Process

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.

Publications and Papers

Fry, Ian Rex, Dr. It’s Time to Talk our Way out of a Crisis, Dialogue on origins of Conflict

Cahill, D, Integration of Immigrants into Cohesive Civil Societies: The Role of Religious Communities and their Leaders

Cahill, D, Multicultural and Multifaith Bendigo: Returning to its past in a different way

Ennis, Sue, Religion, Spirituality and Refugee Flights and Resettlement

Cahill, D, Being Religious and Interreligious in Regional and Rural Victoria: The Role of its Interfaith Networks

Cahill, D, Australia’s Religious Profile, Preliminary Results, 2011 Census

Cahill, D, The Growing Banyan Tree: Developing Buddhist Presence in Australia

Cahill, D, Creating Religious Harmony and Social Cohesion in the City of Hume

Cahill, D, FROM 9/11 TO BREIVIK: Responding Nationally and Transnationally to the challenge of Diversity and Social Cohesion

Jan Pakulski, University of Tasmania: Confusions about Multiculturalism (Religions for Peace Australia publishes this paper, courtesy Prof. Jan Pakulski of the University of Tasmania.)

Cahill, D, Regional and Rural Migration in and for the 21st Century: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Bendigo, 2007

Cahill, D., Bouma, G., Dellal, H. & M. Leahy (2004) Religion, Cultural Diversity and Safeguarding Australia (Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra)

Cahill, D. and M. Leahy (2004) Constructing a Local Multi-Faith Network (Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra)

Cahill, D. (2005) Managing and regulating religion in the context of global governance

Australian Links

Canberra Interfaith Forum


Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia

Australian Council for Christians and Jews

Muslims Australia – Australian Federation of Islamic Councils

Australian Multicultural Foundation

Centre for Dialogue – Latrobe University

Australian National Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews

Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations

Columban Centre for Christian Muslim Relations

Council of Christians and Jews New South Wales

Council of Christians and Jews Victoria

Council of Christians and Jews Western Australia

Dandenong Interfaith Network

Geelong Interfaith Network

Executive Council of Australian Jewry

Religion and Society Research Centre – University of Western Sydney

Reconciliation Australia


National Sikh Council of Australia


Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria

Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia

Griffith University Multifaith Centre

Hindu Council of Australia

Diversity and Social Cohesion Program, Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Harmony Day

National Council of Churches in Australia

Multicultural NSW

South Australian Multifaith Association

Uniting Church of Australia – Relations with Other Faiths

Faith Communities Council of Victoria


Victorian Multicultural Commission

Victorian Interfaith Calendar


Multifaith Conflict Resolution Network

Conflict Resloution Network

Australian Catholic University: Centre for Interreligious Dialogue

Swinburne University of Technology Student Care Multi Faith Facility

Monash University Multifaith Centre