Discrimination

In the ACT it is against the law for someone to discriminate against you because of a characteristic that you have, or that someone thinks you have, in an area of public life such as employment, education, accommodation, provision of goods and services, or clubs.

It is against the law for someone to discriminate against you because:

  • you need aid of an assistance animal (eg a guide or hearing dog)
  • of your accommodation status
  • of your age
  • you are breastfeeding
  • of a disability ( including physical, sensory, learning and intellectual disability, mental illness, medical conditions, disease, illness or disorder, work related injury, temporary or permanent disability, past, present and possible future disability)
  • you are a domestic or family violence victim
  • of your employment status
  • of your gender identity
  • of your immigration status
  • of industrial activity
  • of your intersex status
  • of an irrelevant criminal record
  • of parent, family, carer or kinship responsibilities
  • of your physical features
  • of your political conviction
  • of your pregnancy including potential pregnancy
  • of your profession, trade, occupation or calling
  • of your race
  • of your relationship status
  • of your religious conviction
  • of your sex
  • of your sexuality
  • of your association with a person who has an attribute listed above

It is also against the law to sexually harass a person.

The law also protects people from vilification (other than in private) on the grounds of disability, HIV/AIDS status, race, gender identity, religious conviction, intersex status.


Discrimination is against the law where it occurs in areas of public life including:

  • access to premises
  • access or membership to a professional or trade organisation
  • accommodation
  • education
  • employment, including recruitment
  • employment agency
  • engagement as a commission agent
  • engagement or employment as a contract worker
  • membership or services of a licensed club
  • in the provision of goods, services or facilities
  • partnerships
  • a public act such as a speech, publication (applies to vilification only)
  • qualifying body
  • request for information
  • unlawful advertising

For more information or to make a complaint about discrimination, vilification, sexual harassment or victimisation you can contact our enquiries team or make a complaint online.

We can provide information about the complaint process and if we can’t help you we will try to refer you to someone who can. We have free interpreting available if you need it.