The faith group determines the content of religious instruction programs. The religious leader of the faith group approves the program of instruction. If the faith group is a member of a cooperative arrangement for religious instruction, then the program of instruction is approved by all participating religious leaders.
Religious instruction is not a curriculum or syllabus provided by the Department of Education. The department has no involvement in the selection of content for religious instruction, however, the principal is responsible for ensuring that the content of the religious instruction program does not contravene legislation or departmental policies.
Under Part 2 Management of State instruction institutions in the Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2017, principals have a legislated responsibility to promote a caring, safe and supportive learning environment, as well as a common law duty of care for students, and must ensure that any programs delivered in their school, including RI, do not contravene legislation or departmental policies.