Last updated March 2022
This chapter explains how and when your employees have a right to freedom of expression.
Do employees have a right to freedom of expression?
No law in Australia gives an employee the right to say what they want. However, there are legal limits on:
- an employer imposing controls on what an employee can say; and
- the capacity of an employer to discipline or dismiss an employee because of something they have said.
The laws that impose these limits are found in:
- common law;
- unfair dismissal laws;
- the Constitution;
- the general protections provisions; and
- anti-discrimination legislation.