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Rights in Your State or Territory

In addition to the national laws, all States and Territories in Australia have different anti-discrimination laws that protect people's rights.

You can find more information about these laws and the organisations that support them on this page.

Learn more about national laws on the Rights in Australia page.

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Rights by State and Territory


Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has the Discrimination Act 1991 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to the ACT Human Rights Commission (external link).

Queensland

Queensland (QLD) has the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to the Queensland Human Rights Commission (external link).

New South Wales

New South Wales (NSW) has the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to the Anti Discrimination Board of NSW (external link).

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory (NT) has the Anti Discrimination Act 1996 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission (external link).

South Australia

South Australia (SA) has the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to the Equal Opportunity Commission South Australia (external link).

Tip: You can learn more about how to make a complaint about discrimination on the Making a Complaint page.


Tasmania

Tasmania has the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to Equal Opportunity Tasmania (external link).

Victoria

Victoria (VIC) has the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (external link).


Western Australia

Western Australia (WA) has the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 which protects you from discrimination. If someone breaks this law you can complain to the WA Equal Opportunity Commission (external link).

Tip: No matter what State or Territory you are in, you can also make a complaint about discrimination to the Australian Human Rights Commission (external link).

Important resources

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Our Site Fact Sheet: Discrimination and Making a Complaint
A fact sheet to help you learn what discrimination is and how to make a complaint if someone discriminates against you.
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Our Site Fact Sheet: Disability Advocacy
A fact sheet explaining what disability advocacy is.
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Our Site Fact Sheet: Standing Up For Your Rights
A fact sheet with information to help you stand up for your rights.
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Where to next

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ACT Human Rights Commission
The main organisation that supports people's rights and deals with complaints in Canberra and across the Australian Capital Territory.
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Villimanta Disability Rights Legal Service
The Villimanta Disability Rights Legal Service website has resources with information for people with disability in victoria about their rights in law and the criminal justice system.
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Community Legal Centres Australia: Find Legal Help
Community Legal Centres Australia is the national peak body for the community legal sector. You can find your local community legal service on this website.
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Equal Opportunity Commission South Australia
The main organisation that supports people's rights and deals with complaints in Adelaide and across South Australia.
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Equal Opportunity Tasmania
The main organisation that supports people's rights and responds to complaints in Hobart and across Tasmania.
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Queensland Human Rights Commission
The main organisation that supports people's rights and deals with complaints in Brisbane and across Queensland.
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Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission
The main organisation that supports people's rights in Darwin, Alice Springs and across the Northern Territory.
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New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board
The main organisation that supports people's rights and deals with complaints in Sydney and across NSW.
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Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission
The main organisation that supports people's rights and deals with complaints in Melbourne and across Victoria.
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Western Australia Equal Opportunity Commission
The main organisation that supports people's rights and deals with complaints in Perth and across Western Australia.
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