Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Discrimination in public school chaplain appointments
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the discrimination occurring in the Victorian public school system in relation to the hiring of school chaplains where appointments have been made based on a person’s religious belief or activity.

School chaplains in Victorian public schools work as part of the school’s wellbeing team. They contribute to student engagement and connectedness and help provide a safe and supportive environment.

The position of chaplain is not a religious one. Chaplains must not take advantage of their position to proselytise, evangelise or advocate for a particular religious view or belief. They cannot deliver religious instruction and may be of any faith or of no faith according to department guidelines.

Despite this, almost all chaplaincy job advertisements for Victorian public schools require that the applicant is of Christian faith and provides a reference from a Christian Minister, Priest or Pastor.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to stop advertisements for public school chaplaincy roles from excluding non-Christian applicants and require School Chaplaincy Providers to select school chaplains on merit, irrespective of their religious affiliation or non-affiliation.
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