SRE Authorisation

Authorisation refers to the permission given to a person by an Approved Provider (which may be via a church body, local minister or leader of a church or religious persuasion) to teach SRE on their behalf at their local school(s). To be authorised a person must be:

1. Working with Children Check – clearance obtained and verified
2. Code of Conduct Training
3. Child Protection Training
4. SRE Teacher Training (SRE helpers as required by provider)

No person may teach SRE in a NSW public school without formal authorisation by their denomination or religious persuasion who in turn are approved by the Department of Education. The Department’s website lists the religious persuasions that are currently approved

https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/curriculum/learning-across-the-curriculum/religion-and-ethics/approved-sre-see-providers

Schools can ask for verification of authorisation and proof of identity. The carrying of an authorisation card and wearing of a nametag  is the preferred way for the SRE teacher to provide evidence that this process has been completed according to the current requirements.

Cross – Authorisation (of SRE Teachers in a Combined Arrangement / Joint-Denominational Programs)

Authorisation-letter-in-a-combined-arrangement

The nature and operation of joint-denominational/combined arrangement programs can vary considerably, particularly between primary schools and secondary schools, where often an employment Board will oversee SRE in a high school. However, the school needs to know which participating churches (providers) are working together to put on their website. The combined arrangement is called Combined Christian SRE. All the teachers are listed on the Authorisation-letter.

Whatever the model, every participating church who join together to teach Christian SRE are listed on the  Authorisation-letter-in-a-combined-arrangement . Each participating church (provider) must keep written records of who is authorised by their provider and that they agree to the cross authorisation. The authorisation letter is given to the school before SRE starts each year and is usually completed by a local SRE coordinator.

Check the websites listed below of ICCOREIS member churches to find out about authorisation procedures and training requirements.

 

Anglican Church

Diocese of Grafton

 http://www.graftondiocese.org.au/sre

Contact: Rev Michael. Ridge

Diocese of Armidale

http://www.armidaleanglicandiocese.com/ministries/special-religious-education

Contact: Mrs Libby Lukins

Email: xlukins@gmail.com

Diocese of Sydney

https://whysre.com.au/

Contact: Rev Kate Haggar

Email: kate.haggar@youthworks.net

Australian Christian Churches

https://www.nswacc.org.au/

Contact: Pastor Barbara Scott

Email: sre@nswacc.org.au

 

Baptist Churches of New South Wales and ACT

http://baptistsre.nswactbaptists.org.au/Baptist_SRE/Welcome.html

Contact: 

Email: sre@nswactbaptists.org.au

 

Catholic Church

Diocese of Armidale

Email: ccd@arm.catholic.edu.au

 

Diocese of Bathurst

Contact:

Email  srebathurst@gmail.com

 

Diocese of Broken Bay

www.dbb.org.au/ccd

Contact: Alison Newell

Email: alison.newell@bbcatholic.org.au

https://www.bbcatholic.org.au/parish-community/ministries/ccd

 

Diocese of Canberra/Goulburn

 

 

Diocese of Lismore

Ph: 02 6622 0422

 

Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

DoMN SRE website

 

 

Diocese of Parramatta

DoP CCD SRE website

Ph: 02 9890 4731

 

Archdiocese of Sydney 

ADoS CCD SRE website

Contact: Mr Douglas Mawhinney

Ph: 02  9390 5127

Email: douglas@ccdsydney.catholic.edu.au

 

Diocese of Wagga Wagga

DoWW SRE Website

Contact:

Ph: 02 6937 0015

Email: catechist@wagga.catholic.edu.au

 

Diocese of Wilcannia/Forbes

Contact: Mrs Therese Newell

Ph: 02 6853 9300

Email: theresen@wf.forbes.edu.au

 

Diocese of Wollongong

DoW CCD website

Contact: Mr Jude Hennessy

Ph: 02 4253 0987

Email: jude.hennessy@dow.org.au

 

Christian Community Churches of Australia –

Contact: Mr Glenn Baigent

Mob: 0409 021 584

Email: glenn@cccaustnsw.com

 

Churches of Christ

Website: Special Religious Education | Fresh Hope Churches, Communities & Ministries

Contact: Mr Ross Stewart

Ph: 02 8573 6079 |  M/ 0412 878 486

Email: Ross.Stewart@freshhope.org.au

 

 

 Fellowship of Congregational Churches

Contact: Mr Tim Foskett

Ph: 9588 5128   Mob: 0413 442 601

Email: tim@fccaus.org or contact@fccaus.org

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Contact: Fr Constantine Varipatis

Ph: 02 9587 5083

Email: fr_con@optusnet.com.au

 

Lutheran Church

Contact: Kaye Simpfendorfer

Email: kaye.simpfendorfer@lca.org.au

 

Presbyterian Church

Website: Special Religious Education (SRE) – Presbyterian Youth

Contact: Roslyn Deal

Ph: 02 9690 9379

Email: roslyndeal@pynsw.org.au

 

 

 The Salvation Army

Contact:  Bindy Lupis (Captain)
Youth & Young Adults NSW/ACT, The Salvation Army Australia Territory

Mob: 0478  401 006
Email: bindy.lupis@salvationarmy.org.au

 

Serbian Orthodox Church

Contact: Mrs Angela Bubalo

Ph: 02 9982 5414

Email: angelastailormadeceremonies@gmail.com

 

Seventh-day Adventist Church

Contact:  Pastor Daron Pratt

Ph: 02 4951 8088

Email:daronpratt@adventist.org.au

Uniting Church

Contact: Monique Mumby

Ph: 02 8267 4325

Email: sre@nswact.uca.org.au