• Develop links with religious leaders of communities that commonly use public services and consider whether certain staff might benefit from information sessions about the teachings and practices of religious groups.
  • Examine dress codes developed by a public authority (for example, in legislation, manuals, guidelines or school rules) to ensure that they accommodate religious beliefs;
  • Scrutinise legislation, policy and programs to ensure that they do not interfere with the rights of people to:
    • attend worship;
    • have access to religious leaders in a confidential setting;
    • if in state detention, be given food that complies with their religious requirements or other beliefs (and also the need for variation, nutrition and quantity);
    • be allowed to wear clothing that complies with their religion and to maintain a personal appearance (for example, beard or dreadlocks) that complies with their religion.

This will be particularly relevant in contexts where the public authority exercises a high degree of control over individuals, for example, with respect to prisoners, public authority employees and people in state care.

  • Planning laws that govern the building, extension etc. of places of worship should be reviewed to ensure that they do not discriminate between religious buildings and other buildings or between places of worship for one religion and other religions.
  • Where school curricula in government schools require that students are taught about religions, care should be taken to ensure that a diverse range of religions are taught and that the style of teaching is neutral rather than proselytising. Consideration should be given to whether students should be allowed to not attend these classes if attending would conflict with their religious beliefs.