I run a religious charity and want to employ people who share my faith. Can I hire people who share the faith and convictions my charity is founded upon?


The answer to this question depends on where you are asking it from. Rights of religious bodies to conduct their affairs in accordance with their tenets and beliefs are protected in Australia mostly through exceptions found in state-based anti-discrimination legislation. These protections differ from state to state. In general, places of religious instruction and that facilitate the ordination of priests and other official religious roles are excepted. However, it is good idea to seek advice from a lawyer about the specific rules and risks in your state or territory.