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Statement of Democratic Principles 


The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority is an independent statutory authority that works to assure the quality of education and training in Australia. 

The VRQA stipulates a range of Minimum Standards for School Registration. This includes a standard concerning the school’s adherence to Australian democratic principles and practice.

This standard is as follows:

The programs of, and teaching in, a school must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including 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. 

Firbank Grammar is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy. 

  • We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government. 
  • We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law. 
  • We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes. 
  • We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others’ beliefs. 
  • We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom. 
  • We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.