Federal human rights and discrimination laws

The Australian Parliament has passed laws that aim to protect people from certain types of discrimination in public life and from breaches of their human rights by Commonwealth departments and agencies.

They include the:

These laws operate in conjunction with Victorian human rights legislation.

The Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department has responsibility for administering these laws. 

The Australian Human Rights Commission has responsibility for overseeing the application of these laws. Find out more about what they cover and how they work.

Case law associated with these laws is available on AustLII and various subscription legal databases.

 

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