In Victoria it is against the law for someone to discriminate against you because of a characteristic that you have, or that someone assumes you have. These personal characteristics include:
- carer and parental status
- disability (including physical, sensory and intellectual disability, work related injury, medical conditions, and mental, psychological and learning disabilities)
- employment activity
- gender identity, lawful sexual activity and sexual orientation
- industrial activity
- marital status
- physical features
- political belief or activity
- pregnancy and breastfeeding
- race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and ethnic origin)
- religious belief or activity
- expunged homosexual conviction
- personal associationwith someone who has, or is assumed to have, one of these personal characteristics.
Where can discrimination occur?
Discrimination is against the law when it occurs in an area of public life such as clubs, schools and shops, or in the workplace.
Find out more about public places of discrimination.