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Disability Discrimination Act

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 came after Australia signed the United Nations' Declarations on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons and the Rights of Disabled Persons.  This Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people because of their disability.

Disability includes:

  • physical
  • intellectual
  • psychiatric
  • sensory
  • neurological
  • learning disability
  • physical disfigurement
  • presence in the body of a disease-carrying organism, such as the HIV virus.

For more information contact the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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