Religious Discrimination Bills delayed indefinitely

After much debate the Morrison Government will not continue with legislation that included provisions to make discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or activity unlawful in a range of areas (including employment and education).

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Assistant Attorney-General Amanda Stoker said amendments made to the bill in the early hours of 10 February 2022 made the legislation “not what the government designed” and “not what we though had got the balance right”.

What does this mean for business?

It is still important for employers to be aware of their obligations under state/territory and federal anti-discrimination law, and to ensure they comply with those obligations.

Employers who want to better understand their anti-discrimination obligations can contact VCCI’s workplace relations advice line on 03 8662 5222.

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