Report on the right to discriminate

Dec 6, 2018

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has tabled its report into legislative exemptions that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students, teachers and staff. The report made a number of recommendations, including:

  • the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 be amended to prohibit discrimination against students on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity
  • further consideration be given to changing the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to ban discrimination by faith-based educational institutions against teachers and staff
  • consideration be given to making a law protecting religious freedom in Australia that is appropriately balanced with other rights.