Relationship status discrimination

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

Relationship status means whether a person is:

  • single; or
  • married; or
  • married to another person, but living separately and apart from the other person; or
  • divorced; or
  • widowed; or
  • a defacto partner (including a same sex defacto partner) or
  • a registered partner.

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Relationship status discrimination examples

  • A de facto couple is refused rental of a flat because they are not married.
  • A married woman applied for a marketing position involving interstate and overseas travel. When she was unsuccessful she was told How can you travel overseas when you've got a husband? You can't!

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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 relationship status 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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