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Land sales and transfers

Under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 it is against the law to treat, or propose to treat, someone unfavourably because of a personal characteristic protected by law when selling or transferring land.

How can discrimination in selling or transferring land happen?

Treating you unfavourably might include:

  • refusing to sell or transfer land to you. For example, because you are gay 
  • setting unfair terms or conditions for the land sale or transfer. For example, because of your ethnic background.

The Act does not cover selling or offering a leasehold interest in land for accommodation purposes.

Are there any exceptions to the law?

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 includes some exceptions, which mean that discrimination will not be against the law in particular circumstances.

Positive steps can also be taken to help disadvantaged groups using special measures, which is not discrimination under the law.

If an exception or special measure does not apply, in some circumstances an exemption from the Act may be sought from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

The Act also includes an exception to selling or transferring land, which means that it is not against the law for someone to discriminate against another person if they dispose of land by will or as a gift.

Make a complaint to the Commission

If you think you have been discriminated againstsexually harassedvictimised or vilified, contact us and talk about your concerns. Our dispute resolution service is free and confidential. We can send you information about the complaint process and if we can’t help you we will try to refer you to someone who can.

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