Information for people making complaints

The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a person’s:

  • sex, including pregnancy, marital or relationship status (including same-sex de facto couples) status, breastfeeding, family responsibilities, sexual harassment, gender identityintersex status and sexual orientation
  • disability, including temporary and permanent disabilities; physical, intellectual, sensory, psychiatric disabilities, diseases or illnesses; medical conditions; work related injuries; past, present and future disabilities; and association with a person with a disability
  • race, including colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, immigrant status and racial hatred
  • age, covering young people and older people

If you are making a complaint under one of the above grounds, it is considered a complaint of unlawful discrimination.   Click here for further information

The Australian Human Rights Commission can also investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying (in employment only) based on a person’s criminal record, trade union activity, political opinion, religion or social origin.  The Commission can also investigate and resolve complaints about alleged breaches of human rights against the Commonwealth and its agencies. 

If you are making a complaint under one of the above grounds, it is considered a complaint of Human rights and ILO. Click here for further information

It is against the law to be discriminated against in many areas of public life, including employment, education, the provision of goods, services and facilities, accommodation, sport and the administration of Commonwealth laws and services.