Education Amendment (Ethics) Act 2010 No 124

An Act to amend the Education Act 1990 in relation to ethics education at government schools.
1   Name of Act
This Act is the Education Amendment (Ethics) Act 2010.
2   Commencement
This Act commences on the date of assent to this Act.
3   Amendment of Education Act 1990 No 8
Section 33A Insert after section 33:
33A   Special education in ethics as secular alternative to special religious education
(1)  Special education in ethics is allowed as a secular alternative to special religious education at government schools.
(2)  If the parent of a child objects to the child receiving special religious education, the child is entitled to receive special education in ethics, but only if:
(a)  it is reasonably practicable for special education in ethics to be made available to the child at the government school, and
(b)  the parent requests that the child receive special education in ethics.
(3)  A government school cannot be directed (by the Minister or otherwise) not to make special education in ethics available at the school.