DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 (Cth)
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:
to or use of public places and facilities. for example, hotel bars.
housing, and other accommodation.
of goods or services
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:
an injunction to restrain the offender.
the offender to rectify the offence. Eg let the house to the
damages for the loss of benefit of loss of dignity or
humiliation or injury to feelings.
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).