Discrimination

Graeme Innes is currently acting 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 his or her 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.