Religious Freedom Review Terms of Reference

Domestic PolicyReligious Freedom Review
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

Expert Panel to examine religious freedom protection in Australia Terms of Reference (ToR).


The Panel shall examine and report on whether Australian law (Commonwealth, State and Territory) adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion.


In undertaking this Review, the Panel should:

  • Consider the intersections between the enjoyment of the freedom of religion and other human rights.
  • Have regard to any previous or ongoing reviews or inquiries that it considers relevant.
  • Consult as widely as it considers necessary.

Membership of the Panel

The review will be conducted by an Expert Panel, chaired by the Hon Philip Ruddock, which will consist of:

  • Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
  • the Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC
  • Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO
  • Professor Nicholas Aroney

The Panel will be supported by a secretariat led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Following the Prime Minister’s agreement to an extension of its reporting date, the Panel will report its findings to the Prime Minister by 18 May 2018.

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