As you may be aware, changes to the Working with Children Act 2005 are coming into effect from 1 August 2017.

More information on these changes can be found here:

http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/about+the+check/purpose/changes+to+legislation

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Reportable Conduct Scheme has new reporting requirement for heads of religious bodies

On 1 July 2017 Victoria introduced a Reportable Conduct Scheme to oversee organisational responses to allegations of child abuse or misconduct towards children.

It is now mandatory for organisations that come under the scheme to notify the Commission for Children and Young People of a reportable allegation of child abuse (or other child-related misconduct), made against their workers or volunteers.

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The results of the 2016 Census reveal we are a religiously diverse nation, with Christianity remaining the most common religion (52%).

 Islam (2.6%) and Buddhism (2.4%) are the next most common religions.

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Source: abs.gov.au

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Every five years the census asks Australians: “What is your religion?”.

Ten tick-box responses are provided, along with the option to write in some other response.

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Source: The Conversation

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The Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network launched a new video capturing members’ beliefs and reasons why they became part of the network.

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Source: The Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network

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Cross-cultural and religious exchanges were on the menu as Victoria's Islamic and Aboriginal communities gathered for the state’s inaugural 'First Nations Iftar dinner'.

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Source: SBS

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With the support of Victorian Sikh Community, Khalsa Foundation Australia launched their first food van yesterday in the heart of Melbourne to serve free vegetarian food to everyone.

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Source: Singh Station

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The Andrews Government made significant changes to the conditions surrounding Special Religious Instruction (SRI) in state primary schools last year removing the program from the structured curriculum.

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Source: Education HQ Australia

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