Refers to person accepted and nominated by religious leader/authority to represent faith group.
A religious leader who has right of entry and/or accredited representative of faith group who is approved by principal to provide religious instruction at particular school.
An approved instructor identity card is issued by principal each year to each approved instructor.
A program of religious instruction which faith group/s approve for delivery to students in a single or cooperative arrangement. The religious leader/s of the faith group authorises the program of instruction. Religious instruction is not a program or syllabus provided by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. For this reason, the Department of Education, Training and Employment has no involvement in the selection of content of the program.
Blue Card (Working with Children Check)
Is issued by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian once it has carried out the Working with Children Check to see if a person is eligible to work in the areas of child-related work covered by the Commission’s Act. If a person is eligible, they are issued a positive notice letter and a blue card.
When religious leaders of two or more faith groups with members in attendance at school agree to combine to provide religious instruction to joint faith groups. Students who are members of any of the participating faith groups attend this program. Other students who have written parental consent can also attend. Schools will facilitate this arrangement in accordance with information provided on the Signatories to Cooperative Arrangement (RIS-E) form.
A person nominated by religious leader/authority to manage faith group/s’ single or cooperative arrangement for religious instruction.
A code of beliefs or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system.
Refers to a religion, a religious denomination or religious society.
Refers to information given by a parent which informs principal as to placement of a student into a program of religious instruction. There are two forms used:
- Form RIS-C1 (for students where a religion has been indicated on the enrolment form and there is an approved program delivered).
- Form RIS-C2 (for students where the religion section is blank or ‘no religion’ has been stated, or where a religion has been stated that the school does not provide a religious instruction program for).
Religious denomination or society
While the expression ‘religious denomination or society’ is not defined in the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) the meaning of the term religion was considered by the High Court of Australia. In short the High Court determined that the two most important factors for determining whether a particular set of beliefs and practices constitute a religion are:
- belief in a supernatural Being, Thing or Principle, and
- acceptance of canons of conduct which give effect to that belief, but which do not offend against the ordinary laws.
Refers to a minister of a religious denomination or society (as contained in s. 76 of the Education (General Provisions) Act) or person recognised by faith group as having authority to discharge duties of a minister of religion or spiritual leader.
Right of Entry
When the local religious leader of a faith group asks the principal if there are students who are members of the faith group in attendance at the school. The principal issues the religious leader with a letter to confirm or deny the faith group’s right-of-entry into the school.
Right to withdraw from a program with religious content
Consistent with s.31 of the Education (General Provisions) Act, a principal is required to arrange for a student who is not participating in a religious instruction program, to receive other instruction in a separate location during the period arranged for religious instruction.
Parents must be informed of the offering of any program or activity with religious content so that they may withdraw consent for their child/ren to participate in that part of the program or activity.
When a religious leader/approved instructor of a single faith group with members in attendance at school elects to deliver religious instruction separate from other faith groups. Other students who have written parental consent can also attend.
Opinions, doctrines or principles held as being true by a person or an organisation.