Under the act, racial discrimination means "any act involving a distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race colour, descent or national or ethnic origin"  s9. The areas of discrimination covered are:

The act allows only an "injured" individual to make a complaint, and does not make it unlawful to disseminate racialist views. Complaints should be received by the Commissioner within 12 months. The Commissioner will try to reach a settlement and if that fails the Commissioner can issue a certificate to the complainant. The complainant with the certificate can approach the magistrate’s court where the court may:

Complaints are lodged with the Commissioner for Community Relations. A conference convened to attempt settlement will require a certificate from the Human Rights Commission, and a representative from the Human Rights Commission will attend such a conference   s24(3).


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