New discrimination protections in force

From April 2017, the law in the ACT includes new and improved protection against discriminatory treatment.

The Discrimination Act 1991 has been extended to incorporate protection from discrimination on five new grounds:

  • accommodation status
  • employment status
  • status as a victim of family or domestic violence
  • immigration status
  • physical features.

Some existing grounds have also been updated to provide further clarity and to strengthen protection available from discrimination on the basis of:

    • gender identity
    • intersex status
    • irrelevant criminal record
    • parent/family/carer/kinship responsibilities.

The amendments build upon existing protections against discrimination, including on the basis of disability, race, sex, sexuality, gender identity, industrial activity, age, profession, trade or calling.

You can find out more about protection from discrimination in the ACT by calling the Human Rights Commission on 6205 2222 or by email.