In section 2.2.10(4) of the Act, general religious education is defined as ‘education about major forms of religiousthought and expression characteristic of Australian society and other societies in the world.’ In section 2.2.11(5) of the Act, special religious instruction is defined as ‘instruction provided by churches and other religious groups and based on distinctive religious tenets and beliefs.’
particularly if involving families of diverse backgrounds.
4. ACCESS Ministries have a monopoly over Special Religious Instruction.
- they deliver 96% of SRI in state schools in Victoria, as quoted in The Age- the content they deliver is named Christian Religious Education- their employees / volunteers are not state school teachers"
ACCESS ministries leads the Church in its mission to reach students and school communities in Victoria and beyond with thetransforming love of God and His Son Jesus Christ.
Our vision is to reach every student in Victoria with the Gospel. Join the vision and help us transform this nation for God.
I submit that views and goals stated by this non-denominational organisation are not common knowledge, and are literallybiblical and missionary. I understand that volunteers undertake 2 days training and are told not to evangelise during SRI.
Special Religious Instruction cannot be refused by the school community
- currently around half Victoria
s public schools have SRI
2.2.11 Special religious instruction
(1) Special religious instruction may be given in aGovernment school in accordance with thissection