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Discrimination

What is discrimination and in what circumstances is it subject to legal restrictions and penalty? This chapter explores the meaning of discrimination in the context of the anti-discrimination framework in Tasmania. There is a specific section prescribing discrimination in employment and the human rights framework in Australia followed by the procedure for lodging a discrimination complaint.

What is Discrimination?

Everybody discriminates. Employers discriminate in favour of applicants with the best skills, experience or presentation. Educational institutions discriminate in favour of those who work hard and achieve good results. Landlords discriminate in favour of those with good references. These sorts of...

The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Framework

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Discrimination in Employment

Affirmative Action Employers must generally treat all their employees fairly and equally and must not discriminate against anyone for any of the reasons covered under the above laws. Effectively, they must all be equal employment opportunity employers. However there is provision in the Common...

Federal Human Rights Framework

The Federal human rights framework works from four main Acts: the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth), and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth). The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) is also significant in the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission, which oversees the federal framework.

Lodging a Complaint

There are a number of ways to address human rights and discrimination complaints. These are explored below.

Contacts and Resources

The Australian Human Rights Commission Website: www.hreoc.gov.au Email: complaintsinfo@humanrights.gov.au Phone: 1300 656 419 or 02 9284 9888 Interpretation services: 13 14 50 The AHRC requests that a name, postal address, and if possible, a phone number be provided for correspondence or c...

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