Legal information

The Anti-Discrimination Commission has statutory responsibilities under Queensland anti-discrimination law.

The Commission has a responsibility to review existing and proposed legislation, to research and develop additional grounds for inclusion in the Act, prepare submissions and where appropriate to intervene in a proceeding that involves human rights issues.


In 1991 the Queensland Parliament passed the Anti-Discrimination Act which aims to protect people in Queensland from unfair discrimination.

Leading Authorities

Brief details about cases that provide leading authority for interpretation of anti-discrimination law in Queensland.


The Commission provides submissions to State and Federal bodies on the development of government policies and legislation.

Tribunal and decisions

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) hear complaints which have not been resolved through the conciliation process at the Anti-Discrimination Commission. Work-related complaints are referred to the QIRC, and all other complaints are referred to the QCAT.

Legal notes

Information about major changes affecting the Qld Act and information about significant court and tribunal decisions is available from this page.

Applications for Tribunal exemptions

The QIRC (for work-related applications) and QCAT (for all other applications) may grant an exemption from the operation of a specific provision of the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Fact sheets

The Commission produces fact sheets to provide clarity about discrimination and other matters covered by the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.

Intervention in proceedings

The Commission has the function to intervene in a proceeding that involves a human rights issue.