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Religious Education FAQs

1. Who regulates the religious education curriculum in Catholic schools?

The religious education curriculum in Catholic schools is regulated by the Archbishop through the Archdiocesan Guidelines for Religious Education.

2. How are the Archdiocesan guidelines implemented? 

The Archdiocesan guidelines are implemented by each Catholic primary and secondary school though a school program for religious education in relation to the Archdiocesan Guidelines for Religious Education.

3. What content is used in the classroom teaching of religion? 

The content for years 1 -12 is based on the Archdiocesan guidelines document A Syllabus for Religious Education for Catholic Schools approved by the Archbishop. Content categories in the syllabus are Scripture; Beliefs; Celebration and Prayer; Morality. Material in the syllabus is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (June 1994).

4. What activities build a Christian community and promote the faith development of students? 

Among such activities are the development of religious knowledge and understanding through the classroom teaching of religion, and activities that build Christian community and nurture the religious life of students such as prayer and worship, retreats and reflection experiences, celebrations of the sacraments, opportunities for Christian service and action for justice and peace.

5. Is religious education compulsory in Catholic schools? 

Students enrolled in a Catholic school, whether they are Catholic or not, are required to study the key learning area religious education and to participate in the religious life of the school. Catholic schools conduct the classroom teaching of religion and the religious life of the school in ways that are sensitive to religious diversity and respectful of religious freedom.

6. Who is responsible for religious education in Catholic schools? 

At the individual school level the school principal is the responsible person. A designated and delegated role, Assistant to the Principal: Religious Education (APRE) assists the principal in monitoring and developing the classroom teaching of religion and the religious life of the school. At an Archdiocesan level the Archbishop delegates responsibility for religious education to the Executive Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane. 


Brisbane Catholic Education Office

243 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park Q 4102

GPO Box 1201 Brisbane 4001 Australia

Phone: (07) 3033 7000

Fax: (07) 3844 5101