The federal Parliament has passed a number of laws which aim to protect people from certain kinds of discrimination in public life and from breaches of their human rights by Commonwealth departments and agencies. * Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
* Age Discrimination Act 2004
* Disability Discrimination Act 1992
* Racial Discrimination Act 1975
* Sex Discrimination Act 1984
The Australian Human Rights Commission has statutory responsibilities under these laws. We have the authority to investigate and conciliate complaints of alleged discrimination and human rights breaches lodged under these laws Age Discrimination Act 2004
The Age Discrimination Act 2004 helps to ensure that people are not treated less favorably on the ground of age in various areas of public life including: * employment
* provision of goods and services
* administration of Commonwealth laws and programs
The Act also provides for positive discrimination – that is, actions which assist people of a particular age who experience a disadvantage because of their age. It also provides for exemptions in the following areas: * superannuation
* migration, taxation and social security laws
* state laws and other Commonwealth laws
* Some health programmers.
Disability Discrimination Act 1992
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 has as its major objectives to * eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities * promote community acceptance of the principle that people with disabilities have the same fundamental rights as all members of the community, and * Ensure as far as practicable that people with disabilities have the same rights to equality before the law as other people in the community. Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (formerly called the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act...