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Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong development disability characterised by difficulties in social interaction and communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities.

Autism spectrum disorders can be covered by the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act.

The Act makes it against the law to discriminate against a person because of their disability. There are some limited exceptions and exemptions.

It is not unlawful to discriminate against an employee on the basis of their disability if the person cannot perform the inherent requirements of a job after reasonable adjustments have been made.