Statement of Adherence to Australian Democratic Principles

Schedule 8 of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 requires all education providers to operate in a manner consistent with this set of Australian democratic principles.

Australian society is defined, among other aspects, by a belief in elected Government; by a commitment to the rule of law, to equal rights for all before the law; and by a belief in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association. Our society is also tolerant of a range of religious, political, social and cultural beliefs and values in the context of the fundamental principle of our democracy.

The VRQA Minimum Standards for Registration to provide an accredited senior secondary qualification includes a standard concerning Bendito TAFE’s adherence to Australian democratic principles and practice. This standard is as follows:

In accordance with the Regulations we will deliver our programs and teaching in a manner that supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy. This includes a commitment to:

  • Elected government
  • The rule of law
  • Equal rights for all before the law
  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom of speech and association
  • The values of openness and tolerance

Bendigo TAFE is committed to creating and maintaining a learning environment that is reflective of an egalitarian and socially cohesive Australian society. We take seriously our obligation to stand for equality of opportunity, fair play, acceptance of diversity of cultural or socio-economic background within a values based public education training system. Our principles, processes and practices support the development of effective Australian citizens who have an awareness of the elements which underpin Australian democracy; specifically:

  • An appreciation of the cultural heritage and experiences of Indigenous people
  • An appreciation of Australia’s diversity as a multicultural society endeavouring to support intercultural understandings
  • Awareness of how Australia’s democratic system of government, law and civic life aims to contribute to a fair and just society
  • A capacity to critically examine local, state, national and global rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic life.
  • An understanding of the ways in which individuals and governments can contribute to future environmental sustainability at a local and global level.

Through its Duty of Care policy and its policy and procedural framework, Bendigo TAFE strives to protect and help learners to actively contribute to a democratic society that is comfortable with and respectful of difference, rejects violence and negative forms of discrimination and is compassionate toward those in need.