Discrimination law governs the protection from and prevention of unlawful treatment on the basis of various attributes including race, sex, sexuality, age, disability, pregnancy, marital status, religion or political belief or activity.


External Resources

  • Australian Human Rights Commission– The Australian Human Rights Commission is Australia’s independent human rights body which also helps people resolve complaints of discrimination and other breaches of human rights through their complaint handling service.
  • Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC)- The Queensland Human Rights Commission receives and deals with complaints of discrimination and other contraventions of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), and promotes human rights in Queensland.
  • Discrimination and sexual harassment fact sheet– Legal Aid Queensland provides a detailed fact sheet on the law around discrimination and sexual harassment.

Where to go for help

  • Queensland Advocacy Inc (QAI)– Systems advocacy and legal advocacy organisation for people with disability in Queensland
  • Cairns Community Legal Centre– Disability Discrimination Legal Service – The Disability Discrimination Legal Service provides free legal services for people who have been discriminated against because of their disability.
  • Disability Discrimination Advocacy Service– The Welfare Rights Centre provides this Service, which gives free advice and advocacy for people who have been discriminated against in the workplace because of their disability.
  • Speaking Up for You Inc (SUFY)– SUFY is an independent individual social advocacy organisation for people with a disability in Brisbane.
  • You may wish to approach a community legal centre for assistance. To find your nearest community legal centre, please visit the Community Legal Centres Queensland website at communitylegalqld.org.au. There are a number of community legal centres throughout Queensland that hold regular advice sessions.
  • LawRight is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based legal organisation that operates a civil law referral service for pro bono legal representation and direct legal services for particular disadvantaged client groups. For more information about the help available, and the process for applying for help, please see the LawRight website at lawright.org.au. If your matter has not resolved in the Anti-Discrimination Commission and is proceeding to QCAT, LawRight may be able to help you through our Court and Tribunal Services.


The information in this resource is for general information purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact LawRight or another lawyer. LawRight can only give advice to people who are eligible for our services.