Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

 

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 came in after Australia signed the following United Nations conventions:

  • 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 Act should be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission.