Race Discrimination

All people in Australia – no matter what their national, cultural or religious background – have a right to feel safe, respected and part of the community in which they live.


The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 aims to ensure that people of all backgrounds are treated equally and have the same opportunities. The Act also makes discrimination against people on the basis of their race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin unlawful.

Complaints of race discrimination can be lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Race Discrimination Team at the Commission undertakes a wide range of activities, including research, education, community empowerment and advocacy projects, to tackle racism and promote greater understanding between people of different cultures and backgrounds.

We periodically produce or support our partners to produce resources to further our work on race discrimination with the wider Australian community.

This work is led by Dr Helen Szoke, the Race Discrimination Commissioner.