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freedom from discrimination

We need your help to ensure our laws protect everyone, equally.

For decades Australia has been making progress towards becoming a more fair, equal and inclusive society for all.

But LGBTIQ+ people still experience discrimination in religious schools, organisations and faith-based service providers for being who we are.

Despite bodies such as the UN specifically calling out religious exemptions in Australian laws - religious institutions still hold a license to discriminate against others.

Together, we’ve built a powerful movement united by a simple principle – that our laws must protect all of us, equally.

While we've seen incredible progress in the ACT, NT and TAS, we must keep calling for change until we're all equal under the law.

Will you sign this petition to help us shape laws that protect our community?

How protected are YOU from discrimination in religious schools?

Laws are there to shield us, like an umbrella in a storm.
But legal carve outs in different states and territories mean that many in our community are left exposed.

Federal laws would fix these gaps in one go.

Who is protected from Religious discrimination?

A state-by-state breakdown of who is protected from discrimination in religious schools and faith-based organisations.

Are LGBTQ+ Students protected?:

National

NSW

ACT

NT

VIC

TAS

QLD

SA

WA

Are LGBTQ+ staff protected?:

National

NSW

ACT

NT

VIC

TAS

QLD

SA

WA

are LGBTQ+ Service Users protected:

National

NSW

ACT

NT

VIC

TAS

QLD

SA

WA

Share Your Story

Laws across Australia currently allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ people, women, and people who are pregnant, divorced or in de facto relationships.

To help us change these laws, Equality Australia wants to hear about your experiences of discrimination in religious schools in Australia.

All responses are confidential and can be provided anonymously.