In the ACT it is against the law to incite hatred toward, revulsion of, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of a person (or group of people) on the ground of any of the following, other than in private:

  • Disability
  • Gender identity
  • HIV/AIDS status (meaning a person who has the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
  • Intersex status
  • Race
  • Religious conviction
  • Sexuality

Examples that could be ‘other than in private’ are

  • displays of material in a public place
  • email distribution lists that are unsolicited
  • posts on social media that can be viewed by members of the public
  • interviews for radio or TV
  • wearing or displaying clothes, signs, or flags in public
  • yelling offensive comments while driving past a person
  • comments made in a workplace, during sporting events, at training or events

Where can I get more information?

the ACT Discrimination Act 1991
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