Religious Instruction Information


​Religious instruction

Queensland state schools embrace a multitude of cultural, religious and non-religious beliefs. Under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, schools are to provide Religious Instruction (RI) if approached by a faith group seeking to provide RI and students of that faith attend the school.

RI informs students about the beliefs and values of a particular religion. It is delivered by volunteers of a faith group using instructional materials approved by that faith group. RI is required to be consistent with legislation and Department of Education policies and procedures.

All RI instructors must hold a blue card and participate in compulsory Student Protection and Code of Conduct training. RI instructors are only entitled to deliver the RI program outlined below. A school staff member will be present during the delivery of RI.

Participation in RI is not compulsory. Any student (except Prep students) may participate in RI if a parent has provided written instructions to the school.

Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for student enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.

Note: This consent remains in effect unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing.

A description of the RI available is provided below.

Title: Christian Cooperative Religious Instruction

Participating faith groups: Sherwood Anglican, Riverlife Baptist, Toowong Uniting, Graceville Presbyterian, St Lucia Bible Church

Authorised program: Christian Co-operative Program

Aims and goals: The Christian curriculum surveys the broad sweep of Bible history from creation to the life of Jesus Christ. Each lesson seeks to introduce key biblical concepts, themes and significant people in an engaging way, allowing students to explore the Christian faith and see how it is relevant to their lives.

Program structure: 5 lessons over the term                     

Time allocated: 40 minutes per fortnight

Title: Islam 

Authorised program: Islam Program

Aims and goals: Each lesson seeks to introduce key Islamic concepts, themes and significant people/events in an engaging way, allowing students to explore Isla​m and see how it is relevant to their lives.

Program structure: 5 lessons over the term                     

Time allocated: 40 minutes per fortnight

Other Instruction

Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include:

  • personal research and/or assignments
  • revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students of that school
  • wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student

    Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child's participation. ​

Last reviewed 26 October 2021
Last updated 26 October 2021