POSITIONING STATEMENTS

SEA is an independent organisation
SEA doesn’t have any political or religious affiliations. All our programs are aligned to the Victorian/Australian Curriculum and constitute best practice in this area of education. Our educators are trained and qualified teachers, and our education programs are delivered in a sensitive, non-judgemental manner in acknowledgement of the different family backgrounds that we know students have. We are inclusive of diversity as we deliver programs that are age-appropriate, fact-based and relevant to students.

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Human sexuality
‘Sexuality is a fundamental aspect of human life: it has physical, psychological, spiritual, social, economic, political and cultural dimensions.’

SEA believes that knowledge builds confidence and empowers young people to make informed decisions, and this leads to better health and safety.

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Discrimination
The law says that everyone is equal regardless of their sex, race, marital status, physical features, disability, religion, sexuality, gender, identity and political views.

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Young people
SEA is pro young people. We believe young people make good decisions and responsible choices given the opportunity to learn about and discuss accurate and current information regarding their health. All children, no matter their family background, or whether religion or a specific culture is an influence, need access to age-appropriate, helpful information about their health and human development. Children who are left ignorant are vulnerable, so this type of education has a protective effect, and supports them to grow up to make better decisions for their health, safety, wellbeing and happiness.

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Abortion
Abortion is legal in Victoria. SEA is a pro-choice organisation and believes it is a woman’s right to make an informed decision considering all options regarding her pregnancy, and this includes the right to access safe and legal abortions.

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Disclaimer
This website and the resources to which it refers are intended to provide general information only. They do not provide comprehensive medical or legal advice. Please seek specific medical or legal advice in relation to individual circumstances.

SEA does not sponsor, endorse or necessarily approve of any material on sites linked from or to this website, the Twitter account or Facebook page.

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Copyright © Sex Education Australia. The copyright for material on this website is owned by SEA (or in some cases by third parties) and is subject to the Copyright Act 1968. As per the Act, individuals or not-for-profit organisations may copy and communicate the materials (other than third party materials) for educational purposes. Any further reproduction or communication may be subject to copyright protection under the Act. To republish any SEA material on this site, please contact our office.

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Sources:
UNESCO, 2009, International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An evidence-informed approach for schools, Paris p 2.

Victoria Legal Aid: Am I old enough? Common legal issues for young people (April 2014)