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Equal opportunity law applies to schools, and education and training institutions. It covers entry to courses, access to facilities and benefits, and expulsion.

Example

Alicia, who had dyslexia, attended a private school. During the year, the school advised her parents that she could not continue there: a special education school would be best for her. Alicia could claim she was discriminated against by the school because of her learning disability.

Example

An Aboriginal couple enrolled their son Max at the local kindergarten but when they arrived they were told that, as all the other children were white, Max might "fit in better" elsewhere. The family could claim they were discriminated against because of their race.

People with disabilities should be able to enter buildings and move freely inside, have access to facilities like toilets and lifts, and not be confined to a segregated space or the worst seats.

Example

Brian used a wheelchair to get around campus. But he found that the entrance doors to one lecture theatre, when closed, were so heavy he wasn't able to open them. This could leave the university open to a complaint of discrimination.

It is also unlawful to discriminate when granting qualifications.

Single-sex schools are exempt from sex discrimination provisions and are allowed to select only male or female students.

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