Exemptions and faith based services

I hear from a lot of people who want information for religious organisations that believe they are exempt from laws protecting LGBTI people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. There are no such exemptions – since changes to the Sex Discrimination Act, see summary below and link here: sexdiscrimnationactamendment

“From August 2013 it became unlawful under federal law to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. The changes also mean that same-sex couples are now also protected from discrimination under the new definition of ‘marital or relationship status’ (this was previously ‘marital status’). …The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 (Cth) (SDA Amendment Act) inserts the new grounds into the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SDA). Most states and territories have some form of protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the SDA Amendment Act introduces more inclusive definitions and addresses gaps such as a lack of coverage for acts or practices of the federal government. It also qualifies the exemptions for religious organisations to the effect that it does not apply to conduct connected with the provision of Commonwealth-funded aged care services. It also includes the new ground of intersex status which is not covered by any other law.”

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