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Overhaul for sex education in Qld schools

Strengthening understanding of consent, ethical decision making and recognising behaviours such as coercive control is part of an updated program to be taught in Queensland schools.

Oct 07, 2022, updated Oct 07, 2022
Education Minister Grace Grace. Photo: ABC

Education Minister Grace Grace. Photo: ABC

Released on Friday, the new Respect program also includes information about reporting of sexual assault and drivers of gender-based violence.

“We’re investing $15.5 million to fund specialist advisers and professional development time for teachers away from the classroom so they can deliver the updated, age-appropriate respectful relationships education in schools next year,” Education Minister Grace Grace said in a Facebook post.

“There is also an online hub for students and their families, providing information and practical advice about these important topics.”

The state government consulted 180 stakeholders in efforts to improve how students are taught about building healthy relationships free from harassment and sexual violence.

The launch of the program on follows a review of consent education in Queensland’s state, independent and Catholic schools announced in March 2021.

“It is vital that we get this right because enough is enough,” Grace said at the time.

The minister has previously called consistent consent and sexual assault reporting to be included in the national school curriculum.

“Teachers may choose to use all or some of the resources in the Respect program, depending on their needs,” Grace said.

“All schools are different and school communities are best placed to decide their approach to delivering respectful relationships education.”

The initiative was part of the state government’s response to the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce, Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said.

“Teaching positive behaviours and skills from a young age will assist with combating issues such as gender inequality and family and domestic violence,” Ms Fentiman said.

Earlier this year, education ministers from across Australia announced that consent education would be mandatory from 2023.

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