The Human Rights Act 1993 provides greater protection for people facing unfair discrimination and yet it allows reasonable exceptions. The act came into force in 1 February 1994.
The Act includes the existing grounds of unlawful discrimination and introduces a number of new grounds.
Sex - including pregnancy, childbirth, and sexual harrassment.
Marital Status - meaning single, married, separated, divorced, widowed or de facto.
Religious of Ethical Belief
Race and Colour
Ethnic and National Origins - including nationality and citizenship.
Age - in employment only.
Note the disability grounds provides protection against discrimination on the grounds of AIDS or HIV infection.
Discrimination against a person on any of these grounds is unlawful when:
Each of these new grounds of discrimination applies to :
Access to Public Places.
Provision of Goods and Services.
Housing and Accomodation.
However, there are general and specific exceptions to the grounds in relation to each area.
To make a complaint about discrimination contact the Human Rights Commission for assistance.
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