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What is discrimination?

Discrimination happens when you are treated unfairly, or less favourably, because of a particular attribute – compared to someone who does not have that attribute.

Various federal and state legislation protects Australians from discrimination.

The law differs slightly from state to state, so it’s important to seek professional advice if you believe you have experienced unlawful discrimination.

What is a protected attribute?

Attributes that are protected by the law include:

  • race
  • sex or gender
  • sexuality or sexual orientation
  • colour
  • race
  • national extraction or social origin
  • religion
  • age (young or old)
  • physical or mental impairment or disability
  • martial or parental status
  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • political opinion
  • trade union activity

Where can discrimination happen?

Unlawful discrimination can happen to you at work, or when you are studying at school or university, or even when you are seeking accommodation like renting a house or motel room.

It can also happen when you access goods and services like buying things from a shop, going to a cafe or to the movies or to a medical centre, and it can even happen when you hire tradespeople.

Workplace discrimination can happen when you are employed, or when you are doing work experience, or even when you are simply applying for a job.

Discrimination also applies to contractors and volunteers.

What should you do if you experience discrimination?

If you believe that you have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, please contact our specialist team today.

We understand what you are going though, and can take immediate steps to have the behaviour stopped, and we can also take formal legal action to secure you compensation for any shock or distress you may have suffered.


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