The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their race.

A person's race includes their:

  • colour; and
  • descent or ancestry; and
  • ethnicity or ethnic origin; and
  • nationality or national origin.

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Race discrimination examples

  • An El Salvadorean factory worker is singled out for dirty jobs at work. Other workers at the same level are not asked to do this work.
  • An Aboriginal man is not allowed into a hotel because the owner says You Aboriginal blokes always drink too much and get into fights .
  • A tradesman requires an Indian customer to pay for work done up front. He does not require this of other customers. The tradesman told the woman that You types always try and get out of paying.
  • In a lunchroom a worker racially abused a co-worker and made repeated, offensive racist remarks. His abuse was unsolicited, totally uncalled for and contrary to the employer's policies.

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Some government services have a citizenship requirement

A person must have a particular citizenship or visa status to be eligible for financial or other assistance, services or support from some Queensland government agencies. It is not discrimination to impose a citizenship or visa eligibility requirement in these circumstances.

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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 race 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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