August 21, 2015

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino has announced that Special Religious Instruction (SRI) will be removed from school hours in 2016. SRI will be taken out of class-time and treated as an elective.

Instead, children in Victorian public schools will be taught about the major religions which make up our multicultural community, together with secular humanism and ethics – by class teachers as part of the official curriculum.

This is the prize we have been working for since FIRIS formed in 2011. And today the dream is a reality! FIRIS is grateful to the thousands of parent supporters. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!


  • Maintain an inclusive school curriculum that does not require any student to withdraw from class on account of different religious beliefs, or none.
  • Formally cease the practice of volunteer-run Religious Instruction (SRI/SRE) during school hours.
  • Follow an objective, fair and balanced comparative syllabus for education about religions and beliefs.
  • Treat all religious organisations who wish to use the school facilities outside of the school day with transparent and equitable policies.

FIRIS is a parent-driven grassroots effort.  



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We are devastated to hear the news of the overnight death of @Greens NSW MP Dr. John Kaye aged 60. A true champion for secular schools. Our thoughts are with his partner, Lynne and his family. Thank you John for all the great work you did on behalf of Australians who want our secular education system to remain secular. ... See MoreSee Less

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Alison CourticeVery sad news.2 days ago

Phillipa ToiaDeepest condolences to family and loved one's.2 days ago

Narelle FriarOMG so young. Condolences to family and friends <32 days ago

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Araluen PS will not be conducting SRI in 2016, due to lack of interest. As announced in newsletter of 20th April. "Special Religious Instruction (SRI) - Due to lack of numbers, SRI will not run this year." ... See MoreSee Less

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