Religious instruction



Religious instruction ​

Religious Instruction is offered in Year 1 to 6 on Thursday each week.

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.

Participating faith groups: 

Non-Denominational Christian religious instruction provided through Burleigh and District Ministers Fellowship – Uniting, Catholic, Baptist, Contemporary Christian

Authorised program: 'Connect' Program​

Aims and goals: 

  • Introduce children to the Christian faith through the use of the Christian-based 'Connect' program and the faithful witness of committed Christian teachers.
  • Help children explore meaning and purpose in life.
  • Help children explore Christian values.
  • Encourage children to make wise life choices based on Christian principles.
  • Promote and encourage children's spiritual development.

Lesson structure: Volunteers from the above local church groups deliver 30-minute lessons to students once per week. These lessons come from the Christian-based 'Connect' program.

For further information, including module and/or lesson descriptors visit:

Parents of students participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.


Other Instruction

Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location, usually the adjoining classroom. 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 (i.e. MathleticsReading Eggs)
  • 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. 


(This document is part of a suite of Religious instruction policy statement supporting documents provided by the Department of Education for use in Queensland state schools and available at​

Last reviewed 07 September 2021
Last updated 07 September 2021