Guide to the RDA

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) aims to ensure that everyone enjoys human rights and fundamental freedoms, regardless of race, colour, descent, national origin, ethnic origin or, in some cases, immigrant status.

The RDA says that 'special meaures' that are designed to assist disadvantaged groups are not racially discriminatory.

The Racial Hatred Act introduced in October 1995 and extends the the RDA so that people can complain to the Australian Human Rights Commission about offensive, insulting, humiliating or intimidating behaviour based on their race, colour, or national or ethnic origin.

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is the international treaty which is the foundation of Australia’s anti-discrimination law.


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