Anti-discrimination Law

Anti-discrimination law in Australia includes:

  • sex discrimination and sexual harrassment
  • racial discrimination
  • disability discrimination

Australia has a two-tiered system of anti-discrimination law.

Under the Federal system, complainants may lodge a complaint of discrimination with the Australian Human Rights Commission, which is a Federal Government body.  The Commission seeks to settle the complaint by conciliation; however if it does not settle then the complaint is referred to the Federal Circuit Court or the Federal Court to be resolved by a court hearing.

Under the State system, complainants may lodge a complaint of discrimination with one of the State-based anti-discrimination bodies. In New South Wales this is the Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales.  The Board also seeks to settle the complaint by conciliation; however if it does not settle then the complaint is referred to the Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal to be resolved by a hearing.

I represent clients at all stages of the complaints and review process in anti-discrimination law.