Religious Exemptions Inquiry Update November 2021

On 25 November 2021, the Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 (Cth) (Bill), and associated legislation, was introduced to the Parliament of Australia.

In accordance with Terms of Reference issued by the Attorney-General on 10 April 2019 and amended on 29 August 2019 and 2 March 2020, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) will conduct an Inquiry into the framework of religious exemptions in Commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation if, and when, the Bill is passed. At such time, the ALRC will conduct extensive research, and consultation widely, including with people who have expertise and experience in the laws under review, as well as people likely to be affected by the laws in question.

If and when the Inquiry gets underway, the ALRC will provide regular updates on the progress of the Inquiry, including updates on how interested stakeholders can engage in the law reform process. For more details, see the ALRC website or email: