Meeting the Challenges Facing Religious Schools: An Australian Perspective

  • Jacquie SeemannEmail author


Religious schools face enormous challenges. They need to balance the needs of their religious/faith communities on the one hand with, on the other, the imperatives created by government regulation in terms of educational principles and goals, and also in terms of anti-discrimination, safety and other protective measures. This chapter considers the parameters placed on religious schools by various forms of regulation, and how these challenges play out in reality as reflected in case law. The focus is on Australian schools, but the chapter also considers some cases and legislation in other jurisdictions: the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and the United States.


Religious schools Freedom of religion Religion and the enrolment process Religion in the recruitment process Religious dress or symbols Religion in the classroom 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thomson Geer LawyersSydneyAustralia

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