Add the basis of comprehensive sex education into the Australian National Curriculum.
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Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
Chief Executive Officer of ACARA
Mr Robert Randall
Australian Minister for Education
Christopher Pyne

Add the basis of comprehensive sex education into the Australian National Curriculum.

    1. Ellen Flach
    2. Petition by

      Ellen Flach

      Melbourne, Australia

When I found out many of my peers were never told how to protect themselves from STIs, how to respect their sexual partners or that those who are same-sex attracted or gender diverse felt left out of the process completely, I felt concerned that they might not be able to make informed decisions about their own bodies. But more than this, I felt angry that they could go thourgh their entire schooling without being given such important information.

As a young, 18 year old, Australian I understand the importance of sex education. While in school I received the basics of sex-ed: This is a condom, these are STIs and girls are allowed to say no. Though it was a good start and came with the best intentions, it wasn't enough. Far more often then I would like, I meet other young people who didn't even get this basic knowledge from their teachers, either looking for information about sex by themselves or finding a partner and working off their assumptions.

The "Let’s Talk About Sex: National Youth Survey" asked 1,219 young Australians between the ages of 15 and 29 about their formal and informal sex education. 85% found information from the Internet while only 69% got information from their school and 64% leant about sex from pornography. More than 80% of these young people thought that sex-ed should be the same in every school

At the moment the draft of the "Health and Physical Education: Foundation to Year 10" section of the national curriculum is vague enough so that schools could simply sidestep any issues they feel uncomfortable talking about. Sex-Ed is not an issue that we can allow educators to just gloss over. When young people mature they become curious about sex and with an Internet connection they are able to expose themselves to a myriad of websites that talk about it; some accurate, some not, some dangerously misleading. Without a proper education on these matters, how can they be expected to know which is which? 

It is every parent's right to educate their child in whatever manner they think is best and I can understand how the thought of giving one’s children "The Talk" would be pretty intimidating. It is my hope that a national sex-ed curriculum would open to door for conversations between young people and their parents, so that carers can always be sure that their children are hearing everything they want them to know.

Putting compulsory, comprehensive sex-ed into the national curriculum is about ensuring that young people get the factual, un-biast information they deserve. It is not about enforcing a particular moral code; it is about creating a community were young people are able to keep themselves safe, happy and healthy.

I ask you to please, please, support this petition. It is about you, it is about your friends, it is about your sons and your daughters and the young people you see walking out of schools when you drive home. Everyone has the right to real sex education. Please make sure the next generation is receiving it.  

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    • Anita Da Silva-Thiel MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      Because it's regarding people's health. Knowledge is power, and respect for one another, in every sense of the word, is something that's being lost in our society.

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    • Stephanie Brown AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      As a student in Yr 12. I believe that is is essential that comprehensive sex education is available to all students from a young age so to eradicate myths and promote safe and respectful behaviour. Sex education involves so much more than just "wear a condom". Its an attitude to sexual activities and the way genders perceive each other. A national curriculum needs to encompass the needs of modern Australian youth.

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    • Stephanie Brown AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      As a student in Yr 12. I believe that is is essential that comprehensive sex education is available to all students from a young age so to eradicate myths and promote safe and respectful behaviour. Sex education involves so much more than just "wear a condom". Its an attitude to sexual activities and the way genders perceive each other. A national curriculum needs to encompass the needs of modern Australian youth.

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    • clare oppy AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Young people need better and more in information. Sexual assault changes lives.

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    • Kylie Mac AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      The fact that there is such a variance in the sexual education that all of the posters on here have received is alarming. I am a PE teacher at a NSW catholic school and we teach sexuality of course. There shouldn't be any discretion for schools on teaching sexual health. Our job is to educate the students on this very important aspect of life, using the facts that are science based (i.e. STI's, reproductive systems, HIV/AIDS, safe sex and contraceptive methods). From there each school can have the discretion to discuss the values that their institution holds in regards to sexuality. We do this all the time. I answer all questions honestly, openly, and factually. I do not let my personal beliefs cloud these answers. I also discuss the Catholic Church's perspective on these values, but ultimately we all have free choice on whether to have sex or to follow a religion. But we are going to give them all the information they need to make an informed decision.

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