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Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (previously known as the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986) came after Australia signed the United Nations':

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • Declaration on the Rights of the Child
  • Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons
  • Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons.

and the International Labour Organization's:

  • Convention 111, concerning discrimination in employment and occupation
  • Convention 156, concerning workers with family responsibilities.

This Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people because of their:

  • race
  • colour
  • sex
  • religion
  • political opinion (in employment only)
  • national extraction or social origin
  • age
  • medical record
  • irrelevant criminal record (in employment only)
  • impairment
  • marital status
  • mental, intellectual or psychiatric disability
  • nationality
  • physical disability
  • sexual preference (in employment only)
  • trade union activity (in employment only).

Complaints made under the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act should be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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