State Anti-Discrimination Boards


The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 provides protection for Australians against discrimination based on disability. The Act promotes equal rights, opportunities and access for people with disability, as well as making disability discrimination unlawful. Disability discrimination occurs when people with disability are treated less fairly than people without disability. 

Almost one in 12 Australians with disability aged 15 years and over and living in households (281,100 people or 8.6%) reported they had experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their disability in the last 12 months. The rates of reported discrimination were similar for men (8.3%) and women (8.9%).

Higher proportions of young people with disability (aged 15 to 24 years) reported the experience of discrimination (20.5%) compared to those aged 65 years and over (2.1%).

An employer was the source of discrimination for almost half of those aged 15 to 64 years with disability who were unemployed (46.9%) or employed full-time (46.2%) and just over one-third (34.6%) of those employed part-time, at the time of the survey.

Over one-third (35.1%) of women and over one-quarter (28.1%) of men aged 15 years and over had avoided situations because of their disability. Older people (aged 65 years and over) were less likely to avoid situations because of their disability (20.1%) than younger people (46.5%).

Source: ABS 4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015


National and State Anti-discrimination Boards

National: Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Capital Territory: Human Rights Commission

New South Wales: Anti-Discrimination Board

Northern Territory: Anti Discrimination Commission

Queensland: Anti-Discrimination Commission

South Australia: Equal Opportunity Commission

Tasmania: Anti-Discrimination Commission

Victoria: Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Western Australia: Equal Opportunity Commission