Anti-discrimination laws in Australia

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Anti-discrimination laws in Australia have been enacted at both federal and state/territory levels to outlaw discrimination and harassment in a range of areas of public life.[1] Federal law operate concurrently with state/territory laws, so both sets of laws must be followed.[1]

Federal law[edit]

The Parliament of Australia has enacted a number of anti-discrimination laws relying on the external affairs power of the Australian Constitution.[2] These include:

Complaints for unlawful discrimination under one of the federal laws can be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.[1][3]

State and territory laws[edit]

Each state and territory has its own anti-discrimination law which operates alongside the federal laws:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "A quick guide to Australian discrimination laws". Australian Human Rights Commission. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Constitutional issues". Essentially Yours: The Protection of Human Genetic Information in Australia (ALRC Report 96) » 09. Anti-Discrimination Law. Australian Law Reform Commission. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ Federal discrimination law. Australian Human Rights Commission. 2016. ISBN 978-1-921449-80-2. Retrieved 14 October 2018.