About the Institute of Faith Education

The Institute of Faith Education was established by Archbishop F. R. Rush on 8 September 1976 to provide the people of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and beyond, with educational opportunities in scripture and theology in the Catholic Christian tradition. Part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code: 31402), the IFE offers nationally accredited courses as well as non-accredited courses and professional development in theology, ministry and religious education. These courses provide Christian faith education and formation within the context of the Catholic tradition.

The IFE serves the formation needs of various agencies of the Catholic Church in Queensland and beyond. We provide tailored education and formation designed to resource learners to work effectively in the various agencies of the Catholic Church and in the wider community. We value being responsive to the needs of learners and to the agencies who use our courses to train their staff.

Five core values underpin the operations of the IFE:

The IFE ensures high quality education and training across all IFE courses through a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.

The IFE works collaboratively with Colleges, Archdiocesan agencies and other stakeholders in delivering IFE programmes.

The IFE seeks to be responsive to learners and stakeholder needs in delivering its services.

The IFE is accountable to the National Vet Regulator (the Australian Skills Quality Authority or ASQA) and to IFE stakeholders through the IFE Governance Board in delivering quality training and assessment.

The IFE maintains a high standard of ethics in its operations and its dealings with learners, staff and stakeholders. This includes a commitment to justice and equity, upholding the dignity of all people and their right to respect, and a commitment to safe and supportive relationships. All IFE staff are expected to uphold the principles and standards for lay workers in the Catholic Church in Australia (Integrity in the Service of the Church) or the Code of Conduct of the relevant Catholic Education Office.