If you’ve ever been to a sporting event, you probably know that many people do not wear a headscarf or a head covering at all.
But does that mean you can’t go out at all?
You’re not obliged to cover your head at all times.
There are some situations where covering up might be appropriate, and you might want to take a look at the rules to find out what’s covered and what’s not.
What are the hijab laws in Australia?
The rules vary in different states, but in Australia there are strict requirements for wearing the hijab.
What’s covered The full scarf must cover the face, including the eyes, nose and mouth.
It must be the most common type of scarf used at sporting events.
The scarf must be: The colour or texture of a white scarf with no frills or seams.
The length of the scarf must not exceed the width of your hands.
If the scarf is shorter, the length must be no longer than the width you are wearing.
The hijab must be worn in the same way as the regular clothing you wear.
A hijab must not be covered with: A head covering The head covering must be a scarf that covers the face and neck, and must be of a size that will not expose the hair.
It should be worn with a scarf covering the entire head.
The head cover must not have any other parts or accessories attached to it.
The hood must be loose and not over your head.
You must also wear a hat.
When not wearing a hijab, you can cover up your hair if you have it covered by a scarf or a wig, and can wear a face cover or scarf covering your ears if you wear one.
But not everyone wears a head cover.
In some circumstances, the hijab might be worn to cover up a face, but this is not compulsory.
Is wearing a head scarf an issue?
Yes, it is.
It’s an issue if you: Are a Muslim or Muslim-like person.
Are wearing the scarf at an event for religious reasons.
Are under the age of 18.
You might be asked to cover it in public if it is deemed offensive or if it could be seen as a symbol of oppression.
Is it OK to cover a hijab in public?
It is important to remember that you’re not required to cover the hijab, so long as you wear it for a reason other than religious reasons, and in a way that is not deemed offensive.
Is covering up a hijab considered offensive?
There are different opinions on this, with some arguing that wearing the head scarf is disrespectful to Muslims.
Others see it as a sign of respect and belonging to the community.
If you think you may have been asked to remove your hijab, please do not cover up until you have had an opportunity to explain your case to an attendee.
What if I have an issue with the hijab?
You might find yourself facing legal action if you feel you’ve been discriminated against for wearing a scarf.
If this is the case, contact the Human Rights Commission of Victoria, who can advise you on what options you can pursue.
You can also contact the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, the Human Relations Commission of Australia or the Victorian Human Rights Council.
For more information about wearing a religious headscarve, check out this guide.
If I have a religious objection to covering up the hijab in a public place, can I still wear a scarf in a private place?
Yes – you can.
You should always be aware of your rights and responsibilities and do not expose your face or the person you’re talking to to others, unless you have the option of covering up.
You also should avoid wearing a hood over your face and not covering your head or ears.
Is the hijab a symbol?
It’s a symbol and it’s one of the most important symbols in the Muslim faith.
It was used by Prophet Muhammad to represent Islam.
But the symbol is also used by some other faiths and some non-Muslims as well.
It also can be used to mark the end of a ceremony, like a wedding.
What should I do if I think I’ve been asked for the hijab to cover my face or my ears?
If you feel that you have been the victim of discrimination or have experienced harassment because of your religious or cultural beliefs, you should: Contact the Human Resources Manager of your company or organisation.
If it is your first time working for the organisation, you’ll be asked for a copy of your employment contract.
If there is no contract, you may be asked a series of questions.
These include: Do you have a copy or transcript of your current employment contract?
If so, how long have you worked for the company?
Have you spoken to anyone who knows how the organisation treats people based on their religious beliefs?
Are you willing to answer any questions you receive, in order to