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

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)


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

Contact: Rev Michael. Ridge

Diocese of Armidale

Contact: Mrs Janene Lewers


Diocese of Sydney

Contact: Rev Kate Haggar


Australian Christian Churches

Contact: Pastor Barbara Scott



Baptist Churches of New South Wales and ACT




Catholic Church

Diocese of Armidale



Diocese of Bathurst




Diocese of Broken Bay

Contact: Alison Newell



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



Diocese of Wagga Wagga

DoWW SRE Website


Ph: 02 6937 0015



Diocese of Wilcannia/Forbes

Contact: Mrs Therese Newell

Ph: 02 6853 9300



Diocese of Wollongong

DoW CCD website

Contact: Mr Jude Hennessy

Ph: 02 4253 0987



Christian Community Churches of Australia –

Contact: Mr Jacob Mitchell

Ph: 02 9626 0055




Churches of Christ

Contact: Mr Ross Stewart

Ph: 02 8719 2679



 Fellowship of Congregational Churches

Mr Paul Warren



Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Contact: Fr Constantine Varipatis

Ph: 02 9587 5083



Lutheran Church

Contact: Kaye Simpfendorfer



Presbyterian Church

Contact: Roslyn Deal

Ph: 02 8567 4760



 The Salvation Army

Contact: Major Nicole Viles

Ph: 02 9727 3836        Email:


Serbian Orthodox Church

Contact: Mrs Angela Bubalo

Ph: 02 9982 5414



Seventh-day Adventist Church

Contact:  Pastor Daron Pratt

Ph: 02 4951 8088

Uniting Church

Contact: Ms Emma Parr

Ph: 02 8838 8977