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Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 – 22 March 2016

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Direct or indirect, discrimination on the basis of the following attributes is prohibited, especially in the pre-work or work area: sex, relationship status, pregnancy, parental status, breastfeeding, age, race, impairment, religious belief or religious activity, political belief or activity, trade union activity, lawful sexual activity, gender identify, sexuality, family responsibilities, association with a person identified on the basis of the previous attributes. Main exceptions: genuine occupational requirement; residential domestic or childcare services, work with children, youth wages, impairment would cause employer unjustifiable hardship, workplace health and safety.

  • Sections 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 35, 36, 108

A person must not sexually harass another person, that is, engage in unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.

  • Sections 118, 119

A person who was subjected to an alleged contravention may make a complaint within 1 year.

  • Sections 134, 136, 138
Reason for law

To promote equality of opportunity for everyone. (Sections 6, 117)

Relevant links

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated [Disability Discrimination]

Speaking Up For You [Disability Discrimination]

Basic Rights Queensland Inc [Disability Discrimination]

International: Document Search [Office of the High Commissioner – United Nations Human Rights]

Workplace Accreditation Program [White Ribbon]

Human Rights Translated Guide [Castan Centre for Human Rights Law]


One Woman Project

WOW Australia

Zonta in Australia

Equality Rights Alliance

International Womens’ Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)

National Council of Women of Queensland

National Council of Women of Australia

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)

Workplace Gender Equality Agency [Commonwealth Government]

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland

National Ethnic Disability Alliance

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

NSW: Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association

Australian Women’s Health Network

R2P Student Coalition
Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect


Pride in Sport Index [Pride in Diversity]

Human Library

Sydney Peace Foundation

Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans Associations (APPVA)

Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity

Online Hate Prevention Institute

Human Rights Council Complaints Procedure

HRLC Caselaw Database

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

International Commission of Jurists

Human Rights [Council of Europe]

European Jurisdiction: Commissioner for Human Rights [Council of Europe]

European Jurisdiction: European Court of Human Rights [Council of Europe]

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions

Human Rights Watch

Report list – No Hate Speech Movement [Council of Europe]
No Hate Speech

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Human Rights Law Centre

Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI)

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU)

Earth Charter – Australia
The Earth Charter

Baby Friendly Health Initiative [Queensland Government]
Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative [World Health Organisation]

UN Women

Soroptimist International SWP

Global Dignity

International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFORB)

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Diverse City Careers

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