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Respectful Relationships Education

Responsible government

  • Queensland

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 5 Promote healthy and safe relationships and build gender equitable values through initiatives for children and young people.

What are we doing?

Queensland will continue to support schools to embed Respectful Relationships Education (RRE) and build a culture of respect and gender equality by promoting a whole-school approach and building teacher capacity to deliver RRE, utilising existing resources. In October 2019, Queensland committed to making RRE compulsory in all state schools via strengthening implementation of the Australian Curriculum, and ensuring the quality of programs delivered.

The Respectful relationships education program (RREP) was developed by the Department of Education as part of the broad multi-departmental Queensland Government approach to ending domestic and family violence.

The RREP is a Prep to Year 12 primary prevention program focused on influencing behaviour change to prevent undesirable social consequences such as domestic and family violence. The RREP is aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education (HPE) and is available to all Queensland schools via appropriate online platforms.

The Queensland Department of Education (DoE) encourages schools to take a holistic approach to implementing health and wellbeing education, which includes respectful relationships education. This approach ensures schools consider a range of complex social and emotional issues such as protective behaviours, mental health and respectful relationships.

A range of RRE resources and programs are available to Queensland state schools. The department’s RREP is one of these resources.

What have we achieved so far?

Supported implementation of the Prep to Year 12 Respectful Relationships Education Program across Queensland schools and partnered with Our Watch to implement a pilot of Respectful Relationships Education in Queensland Primary Schools (Early Years).

What is next?

By June 2022, Queensland will have:

  • Made RRE compulsory in all Queensland state schools via strengthening implementation of the Australian Curriculum, and ensured quality of programs delivered.
  • Strengthened professional development (PD) opportunities to support schools to implement RRE
  • Developed information and resources to build and promote a culture of respect and gender equality through the Australian Curriculum.
  • Developed a list of recommended programs to support all state schools to implement RRE.
  • Planned action to take into consideration the key findings from the context specific Our Watch whole-of-school approach to RRE pilot conducted in partnership with the Department of Education.
  • Regularly promoted the importance of respect and gender equality and the implementation of a whole-school approach to RRE, through external and internal departmental communications.

What difference will we make?

Anticipated outcomes are that:

  • Teaching staff report increased confidence in their ability to deliver respectful relationships education following professional development.
  • The Queensland community believes it is important to educate children and young people about respectful relationships.
  • Students display increased respectful relationships and behaviour.
  • Prevention and early intervention of violence.

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