Religious vilification to be added to NSW anti-discrimination law

Published 8 August 2023

An amendment to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to prohibit religious vilification passed NSW Parliament on 3 August 2023. This will make it unlawful to do a public act that incites hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of, a person or group of persons, because of their religious belief, affiliation or activity, or because they do not have a religious belief or affiliation, or do not engage in religious activity. 

A “public act” includes any form of communication to the public, verbal and non-verbal.

The amendment is not yet in effect. The new law comes into effect three months after the date of assent to the Act.

For more information, read the NSW government media release. 

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08 Aug 2023

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