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    You can complete and submit a complaint online or you can print a hard copy and send it to us.

    If you would like the Commission to send you a hard copy complaint form or if you need assistance to write down your complaint, please call our National Information Service on 1300 656 419. 

    You can also contact us via the:

    Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450 or  www.tisnational.gov.au or the

    National Relay Service: 1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) or www.relayservice.gov.au

    Submitting the complaint form

    The complaint form can be submitted by:

    Post to Director, Investigation and Conciliation Service, Australian Human Rights Commission, GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001

    Fax to 02 9284 9611

    Email to infoservice@humanrights.gov.au

  • Authority to Act

    If you are lodging a complaint on behalf of another person, this person will need to provide authorisation for you to act on their behalf. They can do this by completing the attached Authority to Act form, which should be submitted together with the complaint form.  

    Authority to Act.doc (to be completed electronically)

    Authority to Act.pdf (to be completed by hand)

    Post to Director, Investigation and Conciliation Service, Australian Human Rights Commission, GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001

    Fax to 02 9284 9611

    Email to infoservice@humanrights.gov.au

Part A - Your Details (the complainant)
Title
Would you like a copy of your complaint emailed to you?
Do you require assistance to participate in the complaint process?
Are you making this complaint on behalf of someone else (the aggrieved person)?
Title
Do you have a legal representative or advocate?
Title
Part B - Who is the complaint about?
Who is the complaint about?
(eg employer, landlord, provider of good and services)
Title
(eg employer, landlord, provider of good and services)
Do you want to add another respondent?
For?
(eg employer, landlord, provider of good and services)
Title
(eg employer, landlord, provider of good and services)
Part C - What are you complaining about?
I am complaining because I believe: (Please select at least one reason below)
There are limits on the types of complaints the Commission can consider. The Commission can only consider complaints about unfair treatment related to the reasons listed above.
The President of the Commission can decide not to investigate into a complaint where the complaint is lodged more than 12 months after the alleged event(s) happened. If the event(s) being complained about happened more than 12 months ago, please explain the reasons for the delay in making a complaint to the Commission. Note: For acts that have taken place after 13 April 2017, the timeframe for lodging complaints alleging unlawful discrimination will be 6 months.
Describe the event(s) that you want to complain about. We need to know what you say happened, where it happened and who was involved. Please give us all the dates and other details you can remember. If you are complaining about employment, please tell us when you commenced employment, your job title and whether you are still employed.

 

Supporting Information

Please provide copies of any documents that support the claims in your complaint. For example – letters, separation certificate, doctors certificate. If you cannot do this, please tell us about the documents or other information and how this information can be obtained.

If you have any supporting information to add to your complaint, please forward them to the Commission by post, fax (02 9284 9611) or by email to complaints@humanrights.gov.au

Part D - Other information
Have you complained about this to another organisation?
For example, a state anti discrimination or equal opportunity agency, a workers compensation agency, an ombudsman or the Fair Work Commission. If you have complained to another agency, you must provide details of the complaint and its outcome. You should also attach copies of any letters you have received from the agency.
Were you referred to us by another organisation?