Reinstate Ethics classes as an option for school students


A NSW Labor Government will reinstate the ethics option on public school enrolment forms.

In 2015 the Coalition Government changed the enrolment form; automatically enrolling a student in Special Religious Education, and making it more difficult for parents to understand the options available to them and their family.

At present, school principals do not have to inform parents about the availability of ethics classes until they have returned paperwork rejecting scripture lessons for their child - twice.

Students and parents should be able to freely choose whether to enrol in scripture or ethics classes, or none. It is not a matter for government
The only principal here ought to be the principle of parental and family choice

A $300,000 independent review by ARTD Consultants made 56 recommendations – including restoring the option to select ethics on the enrolment form. To date, the Berejiklian-Barilaro government has rejected this recommendation.

Labor’s policy will ensure parents and families can make an informed choice.  Ethics and Special Religious Education are both legitimate choices, and Scripture will not be removed as a choice from NSW public schools or the enrolment form.

Under a Foley Labor Government, the Scripture option will still be on the form, alongside the Ethics option and parents will be offered an uncomplicated and clear choice when they enrol their child in a New South Wales school.