Respectful relationships education program


The Respectful relationships education program (RREP) was developed by the Department of Education as part of the broad multi-departmental Queensland Government approach to ending domestic and family violence.

The RREP is a Prep to Year 12 primary prevention program focused on influencing behaviour change to prevent undesirable social consequences such as domestic and family violence. This is done through challenging attitudes about violence and gender construction known to lead to violence while also supporting students to develop pro-social behaviours that lead to equitable and respectful relationships. A strengths-based approach underpins the development of respectful relationships knowledge and skills.

Respectful relationships as part of Health and wellbeing education

Queensland state schools are required to provide health and wellbeing education, either as part of the delivery of the Australian Curriculum or as part of the school's pastoral care program. The P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework specifies the curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements for all Queensland state schools.

The Prep to Year 10 component of RREP is aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education and can be delivered through this learning area or as part of the school's pastoral care program. The Year 11 and 12 content is designed to be delivered through pastoral care programs.

Five hours of instruction have been developed for each year level. Specialised resources for schools and teachers include program guidelines, teaching overviews and resources for each year level.

All resources are practical and easy to use and encourage the use of social and emotional learning pedagogy including group work, discussion, role plays, scenario work and empathy-based inquiry. They provide opportunities for teachers to guide discussions, address concerns, and help students work through sensitive and complex issues. The teaching resources are available online to state schools via the Learning Place and for non-state schools via Scootle (the National Digital Learning Resources Network managed by Education Services Australia).


What will students learn?

By implementing the RREP, schools will give students opportunities for social and emotional learning in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, ethics, values, social norms, stereotypes, human rights, risk and responsible decision-making. A growing body of evidence shows that social and emotional learning of this nature leads to:

  • improved social and emotional skills, self-concept, bonding to school and classroom behaviour
  • less disruptive classroom behaviour, aggression, bullying and delinquent acts
  • reduced emotional distress such as depression, stress or social withdrawal.

Respectful relationships education in primary schools pilot

Schools play an important role in helping to prevent domestic, family and sexual violence by supporting students to build healthy, respectful relationships.

Between 2017 and 2019, the department partnered with Our Watch to pilot and evaluate a whole-school approach to respectful relationships education in a primary school setting.

The pilot was undertaken in 10 South East Queensland state primary schools and focussed on providing age-appropriate, respectful relationships education to years 1 and 2 students that examined traditional roles and activities. This pilot was also undertaken concurrently in 8 Victorian primary schools.

The Queensland pilot found that explicit teaching of age-appropriate, gendered content within a whole-school approach correlated with improvements to students’ gendered attitudes.

The pilot’s key findings and opportunities to strengthen respectful relationships education in Queensland schools can be found in the respectful relationships education pilot summary.

Our Watch’s detailed Respectful relationships education to prevent gender-based violence: Lessons from a multi-level pilot in primary schools evaluation report can be found on Our Watch's website.​

Last updated 14 June 2022