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Conciliation Register

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Assistance animal
Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Compensation
Anti-discrimination/EEO policy reviewed/revised 
Anti-discrimination/EEO training introduced 
Training - other 

Year

The complainant is deafblind and uses a guide dog. She alleged that when she attended the respondent restaurant with her family, she was told she could not bring her ‘pet dog’ into the restaurant despite informing staff it was a guide dog. She alleged the owner asked her and her family to sit in a different section of the restaurant and then called the police.

The restaurant denied discriminating against the complainant, saying a dispute arose regarding changes to seating arrangements arising from COVID-19 restrictions.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the restaurant offer the complainant and her family a $120 voucher. It was also agreed that the complainant would review the restaurant’s assistance animal policy and provide feedback. The complainant agreed to provide the restaurant with a one-hour training session on assistance animals at a cost of $440.
 

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Assistance animal
Disability
Areas Access to premises
Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Compensation

Amount $5,000
Year

The complainant has an assistance animal and sought to make a booking at the respondent hotel. He alleged the hotel told him his assistance animal would not be able to stay in his room. He claimed the hotel declined to consider evidence that his dog is an assistance animal.

On being notified of the complaint, the hotel indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the hotel pay the complainant $5000 and offer him one free night’s accommodation in the hotel.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Unlawful to contravene Disability Standards
Areas Disability Standards
Education
Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Revised terms and conditions
Adjustments provided
 

Year

The complainant has post-traumatic stress disorder and was a student at the respondent vocational training organisation. He alleged he was required to undertake a video assessment for a subject, which he was unable to do because of his disability.

The training organisation said that the training package and the standards imposed on it by the third-party regulator, required the respondent to be satisfied of a student's competency to meet the course requirements. In light of this, the respondent determined that the only way to meet its obligations was to have an assessor observe the student doing the assessment task. 

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the complainant would engage with the respondent’s disability support unit to explore adjustments that could be provided to enable the complainant to safely undertake the video assessment. The respondent also undertook to assess whether an assessor could safely be sent to the complainant’s workplace and to provide the complainant with a single contact point moving forward.
 

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Revised terms and conditions 
Policy change/Change in practice

Year

The complainant has paraplegia and sought to obtain a motorcycle licence. The complainant is unable to ride a two-wheeled motorcycle because of his disability and instead sought to ride a three-wheeled motorcycle modified to allow him to ride it. He alleged the respondent government agency informed him there was no valid path available for doing a test on a three wheeled motorcycle and he would first have to do a course on a two wheeled motorcycle. 

On being informed of the complaint, the agency indicated a willingness to try to resolve the complaint by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an undertaking by the agency to create a licence testing pathway for those who wish to ride a three wheeled motorcycle.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Adjustments provided 
Statement of regret - private 

Year

The complainant has a disability that affects his speech and was a client of the respondent government agency. He alleged his case worker kept asking him to repeat himself because she could not understand him and this caused his impairment to become more pronounced. 

On being notified of the complaint, the agency indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the agency write to the complainant expressing regret for his experience and update his file to identify the adjustments he requires. The agency also undertook to remind staff of their obligations under disability discrimination law and standards of practice.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Assistance animal
Disability
Areas Accommodation
Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Apology
Policy change/Change in practice
Donation to charity

Amount $150
Year

The complainant has post-traumatic stress disorder and has an assistance dog. She booked an overnight stay at the respondent caravan park. She alleged that the caravan park told her only guide dogs were allowed at the park, declined to look at her dog’s identification and advised her to find alternative accommodation.

On being notified of the complaint, the caravan park indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the caravan park write to the complainant apologising for the incident, display a sign stating that assistance animals are welcome at the park and donate $150 to an agreed assistance animal not-for-profit organisation.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation 
Statement of service
Statement of regret

Amount $2,000
Year

The complainant has schizophrenia and a back injury and was employed in an IT role with the respondent government agency. He alleged he was treated less favourably because he has schizophrenia, including by being excluded from the workplace, being given excessive work to perform at home, having his personal property tampered with and being referred to as ‘weird’. He also alleged the agency failed to accommodate his back injury, including not allowing him to sit during standing meetings, not letting him work part-time and failing to provide easier access to bathroom facilities.

The agency claimed it made reasonable adjustments to accommodate the complainant’s back injury in line with his treating doctor’s recommendations. The agency said it only became aware the complainant has schizophrenia when he undertook a fitness for duty assessment after commencing leave due to ill health. The complainant subsequently resigned.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the agency write to the complainant expressing regret for the distress he reported, provide him with a statement of service and pay him $2,000 in compensation for non-economic loss.
 

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Unlawful to contravene Disability Standards
Areas Education
Outcome details

Apology - Private 
Compensation 
Policy change/Change in practice 

Year

The complainant has an intellectual disability and was enrolled in a course with the respondent vocational training provider to attain a qualification in aged care. She alleged she was refused an extension of time to complete the course requirements to accommodate her disability and her enrolment was terminated.

On being notified of the complaint, the training organisation indicated a willingness to try to resolve the matter by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the training organisation take proactive steps to ensure that students who disclose a learning or cognitive disability understand the requirements of the course in which they have enrolled and their ability to ask for adjustments to accommodate their disability. The training organisation also agreed to write to the complainant apologising for the distress she experienced as a result of the breakdown in communication, provide her with a statement of attainment for units completed and offer her a $250 voucher for a service that provides assistance in resume development and other job seeking skills.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Sport
Outcome details

Policy change/Change in practice

Year

The complainant has arthritis and is unable to stand for extended periods. He alleged the respondent bowling club declined his request to have a small folding chair on the green while playing the position of ‘skipper’ in order to help him manage the pain associated with his disability.

The bowling club said it declined the request because a chair on the green would present a risk to the safety of players. The club noted all players have access to chairs off the green and the skipper is not required to be on the green at all times. The club proposed the use of a different aid approved by the national sporting authority.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the complainant develop an alternative disability aid and the club consider approval of the aid for use in the sport.

Act Age Discrimination Act
Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Age
Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Revised terms and conditions

Year

The complainant was 69 years of age and has osteoarthritis. He said his local supermarket changed its payment policy to only allow payment by credit or debit card. He alleged this practice was discriminatory because older persons and persons with disability were more likely to experience difficulties in obtaining and using credit and/or debit cards.

The respondent supermarket advised it conducted a trial of card-only payment systems in some of these stores. The supermarket advised the trial had concluded and all stores accepted cash payments. The supermarket said that it appreciated that it may have moved ahead of community expectations and that not all customers felt welcome using card-only payment systems.

The complainant advised he considered his complaint resolved based on the supermarket’s assurances that all stores once again accepted cash payments.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Assistance animal
Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Adjustments provided

Year

The complainant’s partner is blind and uses a guide dog. The complainant alleged the respondent airport did not have safe and convenient facilities for the watering and toileting of the guide dog.

On being advised of the complaint, the airport indicated a willingness to try to resolve the complaint by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the airport will progressively build three indoor assistance animal relief areas at different terminals within the airport, with appropriate amenities including a dry and weatherproof ground surface, fencing, rubbish bins and signage.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Apology 
Compensation
Statement of service 
Policy change/Change in practice

Amount Approximately $34,200
Year

The complainant has macula degeneration, which causes vision loss. The respondent transportation company terminated the complainant’s employment as an engineer at the end of his probation period. The complainant alleged the company failed to provide him with timely feedback on his performance and failed to provide him with adjustments to enable him to perform the inherent requirements of his job, including failing to commission an occupational health assessment. The complainant acknowledged the company expressed concerns about his performance but claimed any performance issues could have been addressed had he received timely feedback and adjustments to accommodate his disability.

On being advised of the complaint, the company indicated a willingness to try to resolve the complaint by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the company pay the complainant approximately $34,200 as an ex-gratia payment and provide him with a statement of service. The company also agreed to write to the complainant apologising for the events giving rise to his complaint and outlining the changes the company intended to implement in response to his experience in the workplace.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Carer or assistant
Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Other

Year

The complainant has a back and leg injury and anxiety and has a carer. She advised she lived in public housing that was not appropriate for someone with her disability and could not appropriately accommodate a carer. She alleged the public housing provider failed to action her request for appropriate housing.

On being advised of the complaint, the relevant government department indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try and resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved. The complainant was offered accommodation that was appropriate for her disability and need for a carer.
 

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Unlawful to contravene Disability Standards
Areas Disability Standards
Education
Outcome details

Adjustments provided

Year

The complainant is legally blind and was studying at the respondent university. She alleged reading material was not provided to her in a format accessible to her.

On being advised of the complaint, the university indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the university convert all materials available in PDF format to Word format, which is accessible to the complainant using screen reading software.
 

Act Age Discrimination Act
Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Age
Disability
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation

Amount Approximately $61,000
Year

The complainant is 70 years of age and has a chronic eye condition. He alleged that following a restructure, the Chairman of the company told him his role as Chief Financial Officer would be made redundant because of his age and vision impairment and to allow the company to recruit someone younger. He alleged he was pressured for his redundancy to be announced as his retirement even though he did not wish to retire.

The respondents denied the allegations but indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the company pay the complainant $20,000 as general damages and buy back his shares in the company, which were worth approximately $41,000.

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