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 Libby Lukins


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

Contact: Deacon Paul Manvell


Ph: 02 6771 8700

Diocese of Bathurst


Diocese of Broken Bay

 DBB SRE Website

Contact: Alison Newell


Diocese of Canberra/Goulburn

Contact: Christian Nobleza
Pastoral & Mission Formation Coordinator
Ph: 02 6239 9826


Diocese of Lismore


Ph:     02 66276 286


Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle

Natasha Brotherton

Diocesan Education Officer – Pastoral Ministries




Rose McAllister

Manager of Formation and Education – Pastoral Ministries

Ph:  02) 4979 1346

Mobile: 0414 962 922




Diocese of Parramatta

Cecilia Zammit


Ph: 02 8838 3485


Archdiocese of Sydney 

ADoS CCD SRE website

Contact: Mr Douglas Mawhinney

Ph: 02  9390 5127



Diocese of Wagga Wagga

Trevor Dal Broi


Ph: 0407 537 994


Diocese of Wilcannia/Forbes

Contact: Mrs Therese Newell

Ph: 02 6853 9300



Diocese of Wollongong

Jude Hennessy

Director, Office of Renewal & Evangelisation

Catholic Church Offices, Xavier Centre

38 Harbour St, Wollongong NSW 2500

PO Box 1239, Wollongong NSW 2500

Ph: (02) 4222 2407 Fax: (02) 4222 2417



Christian Community Churches of Australia –

Contact: Mr Glenn Baigent

Mob: 0409 021 584



Churches of Christ

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

Contact: Mr Ross Stewart

Ph: 02 8573 6079 |  M/ 0412 878 486




 Fellowship of Congregational Churches

Contact: Mr Tim Foskett

Ph: 9588 5128   Mob: 0413 442 601

Email: or


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Contact: Fr Constantine Varipatis

Ph: 02 9587 5083



Lutheran Church

Contact: Kaye Simpfendorfer



Presbyterian Church

Website: Special Religious Education (SRE) – Presbyterian Youth

Contact: Roslyn Deal

Ph: 02 9690 9379



 The Salvation Army

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

Mob: 0478  401 006


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: Monique Mumby

Ph: 02 8267 4325