Discrimination and harassment

There are laws prohibiting discrimination in certain areas of public life.  This chapter provides an overview of the legislation and the implications for associations.

Key points

  • Legislation exists that prohibits unlawful discrimination and harassment. 
  • Associations are subject to anti-discrimination legislation, and need to be mindful of discrimination in the areas of employment, the provision of goods, services and facilities, and membership of the association.
  • Complaints of unlawful discrimination or harassment can be made to the Equal Opportunity Commission (in relation to Western Australian legislation) or the Australian Human Commission (in relation to Commonwealth legislation).