The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a woman because she is breastfeeding

The legislation also covers discrimination because of activities related to breastfeeding, such as expressing milk.

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Breastfeeding discrimination examples

  • An employer unreasonably refuses to provide a clean quiet place for a breastfeeding employee to express milk while at work.
  • A woman is asked to leave a restaurant when she breastfeeds her infant.

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Information and enquiry service

Individuals, employers and business operators can access the Commission's statewide telephone information and enquiry service.

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Making a complaint

Make a complaint to the Commission on the Complaint Form about breastfeeding discrimination.

The complaint must be lodged with the Commission within 1 year of the discrimination happening.

The Commission's service is free.

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