Support for overhaul of sex education in Australian schools

Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition have called on the Federal Government to formally include sexual health guidelines in the national curriculum, following the release of a national youth survey today showing overwhelming support for standardised teaching.

The Let’s Talk About Sex survey of over 1200 young people – commissioned by AYAC and YEAH – found that 80 per cent of respondents agreed that lessons about sex and sexual health should be the same in every Australian school.

YEAH CEO, Alischa Ross said the survey was further evidence that the current clinical, scientific and anatomical approach to sexual health education in Australian schools was not meeting the needs of students.

“This survey voices the needs and expectations of young people, who are decisively telling the Government that gaps do exist in the current model and that we need a nationally consistent approach to sex and sexual health education in schools,” said AYAC Deputy Director (Young People), Maia Giordano, said.

“The Australian Curriculum must include clear and definitive guidelines for the inclusion of comprehensive, youth friendly and age appropriate sexual health and development information. The curriculum should be delivered incrementally from year levels 5- 12 and in all Australian schools.”

To read the full media release go to:

Overwhelming support for overhaul of sex education in Australian schools (PDF – 299KB)

Click here to download the complete Let’s Talk About Sex report (PDF – 930KB)