There are Federal laws to protect people from discrimination and from breaches of their human rights. We have responsibilities under these laws to investigate and conciliate complaints of discrimination and human rights breaches.
The following links provide information about the laws that protect people from discrimination in employment, education, the provision of goods, services and facilities, accommodation, sport and the administration of Commonwealth laws and services.
Age Discrimination Act 2004
The Age Discrimination Act 2004 protects people from age discrimination in employment, the provision of goods and services, education and the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs.
Read more about age discrimination.
Disability Discrimination Act 1992
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 seeks to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities.
Read more about disability discrimination.
Racial Discrimination Act 1975
The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 promotes equality before the law for all people regardless of race, colour or national or ethnic origin. It is unlawful to discrimination against people on the basis of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.
Read more about racial discrimination.
Sex Discrimination Act 1984
The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 protects people from unfair treatment on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status, pregnancy and breastfeeding. It also protects workers with family responsibilities and makes sexual harassment against the law.
Read more about sex discrimination.
Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 articulates the Australian Human Rights Commission role and responsibilities. It gives effect to Australia’s obligations under the following:
Read summaries about the Australian Human Rights Commission's work