An amendment to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to prohibit religious vilification came into effect on 12 November 2023. Complaints of religious vilification can be made about events that occurred on or after this date.
Religious vilification is against the law.
It is a public act that could incite 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.
Public acts include:
If you are unsure if you have experienced religious vilification or need more information, you can contact our enquiry service.
Any public act that threatens or incites violence towards a person or group of persons on the basis of their race, religious belief or affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or HIV/AIDS status is a criminal offence that should be referred to the police.
20 Dec 2023
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