Anti-discrimination and equal opportunity
Discrimination is any practice that makes distinctions between individuals or groups to disadvantage some and advantage others. People can also be indirectly discriminated against if certain attributes, such as parental status, religion, race or impairment, make them less able or even unable to participate in an activity.
The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 outlines areas where discrimination is prohibited in Queensland. The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) resolves complaints of discrimination and other contraventions of the Act, and promotes human rights in Queensland.
Under Queensland's anti-discrimination laws, employers must offer equal employment opportunities (EEO). This means people are treated on their merits at every stage of their employment - from the recruitment and interview process through to their daily duties, promotion, training and development opportunities, and their resignation, retrenchment or redundancy.
ADCQ's website provides information brochures on a range of types of unfair treatment, including:
- age discrimination
- gender issues
- impairment discrimination
- pregnancy and breastfeeding
- racial and religious discrimination
- sex discrimination
- sexual harassment
- sexuality discrimination.
If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can make a complaint to ADCQ.
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- Last reviewed: 20 Jul 2018
- Last updated: 14 Oct 2016