Karen Toohey is the Discrimination Commissioner.
The Commissioner’s role under the Discrimination Act is to take complaints of unlawful discrimination under the Act. Unlawful discrimination occurs when someone is:
- Treated unfavourably
- Because of a protected attribute; and
- This occurs in public life.
An example of unlawful discrimination is when someone is refused service at a restaurant because of their race.
If you believe you have been unlawfully discriminated against, you can make a complaint.
The Commissioner’s role is also to
- Promote an understanding and acceptance of, and compliance with the Act
- Undertake research and develop educational and other programs to promote the objectives of the Act
- Review the consistency of ACT laws with the Act and report to the Attorney-General; respond to requests by the Attorney-General to examine possible inconsistencies in proposed laws with the Act
- Advise the Attorney-General on any matter relevant to the Act’s operation.