The Australian Human Rights Commission manages the following federal laws to protect people from discrimination and harassment:
- Age Discrimination Act 2004
- Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975
- Sex Discrimination Act 1984
Discrimination is where someone is treated differently or unfairly due to a perceived characteristic. Characteristics might be:
- Sexual orientation
- Political beliefs
Workplace discrimination and harassment are social sustainability issues that can have a significant effect on staff turnover and productivity.
The Human Rights Commission provides guides and information to help employers prevent workplace discrimination and harassment. The resources cover:
- explanation of the legislation
- fact sheets and examples of different types of discrimination
- how to develop workplace anti-discrimination and harassment policies and complaints procedures.