The Bishops of Western Australia have prime responsibility for Religious Education and authorise the content and process of the curriculum for schools in Western Australia.
Religious Education has a mandated and formal curriculum for classroom learning and teaching for Years K-12. The curriculum is distinct from but complements faith formation. All students in Catholic schools in Western Australia are required to learn Religious Education.
The Religious Education Curriculum is modelled on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) Western Australian curriculum. As with other curricula, the Religious Education curriculum specifies the knowledge, understanding, skills, values, and attitudes that students are expected to acquire and provides guidelines for the assessment of student achievement.
The Religious Education curriculum draws on Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church as principal sources for the content of teaching and learning of Religious Education. The Directory for Catechesis guides the processes that are appropriate for effective teaching and learning in Religious Education.