Thursday 20 October 2016

The Australian Human Rights Commission, in partnership with LexisNexis, recently launched the 2016 edition of Federal Discrimination Law.

Federal Discrimination Law provides an overview of the federal discrimination laws and examines the significant issues that have arisen in federal unlawful discrimination cases.

Since 2011 when the publication was last updated important new protections have been introduced against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. Same sex couples are now also protected from discrimination under the definition of ‘marital or relationship status’.

Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs, expressed her hope that the updated publication will play a significant role in helping to educate all Australians in respect of their rights and responsibilities.

“It is vital that information and resources are available to enable individuals to understand and enforce their rights effectively, and to assist businesses and employers to meet their obligations under federal discrimination laws and support workplace diversity.”

The Honourable Justice Melissa Perry also pledged her support for the publication during her keynote address at the launch, stressing the need for the enactment of anti-discrimination laws “to be accompanied by education if they are to achieve the object of achieving social change by eliminating discrimination against those individuals on arbitrary ground.”

Joanne Beckett, Managing Director of LexisNexis, spoke of the importance of advancing the rule of law.

“Our global mission at LexisNexis is to expand the umbrella protection of the rule of law to give people equal access to the rights they are entitled to, regardless of their status, which is why LexisNexis is so proud to have partnered with the Commission to produce this important body of work,” Ms Beckett stated.

The 2016 edition of Federal Discrimination Law is available for free at:


Photo: Prof. Gillian Triggs President Australian Human Rights Commission, Hon. Justice Melissa Perry, Joanne Beckett LexisNexis Managing Director, Julie O’Brien AHRC Director Legal