On 23 September 1999, the federal Government passed the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Act No. 1 1999 (Cth). This law transferred the public hearing and determination process from the Commission to the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Magistrates Court. This law came into effect on 13 April 2000.
As a result, the Commission no longer conducts public hearings into complaints of unlawful discrimination under the Age Discrimination Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. These hearings are now conducted by the Federal Court and the Federal Magistrates Service.
If you would like further information please contact the Complaints Information Line on 1300 656 419.
Commission decisions from 1985 - 1999 are available on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HREOCA/
To access decisions of the Federal Court of Australia visit: http://www.federalcourt.gov.au/
To access decisions of the Federal Magistrates Court visit: http://www.fmc.gov.au/
For a comprehensive overview of recent case law in the Federal Magistrates Court and Federal Court, see Federal Discrimination Law Online.( a Commission publication). It also covers issues of practical concern for litigants and practitioners, such as procedural issues, damages and remedies, and costs.
Decisions of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Tables of decisions and outcomes made by the Commission prior to the transfer of the public hearing and determination process are available below.
Table of Decisions of the HREOC and Outcome 1985 - 2001