Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favorably, or not given the same opportunities as others in a similar situation, because of their disability. It can also occur when an unreasonable rule or policy is the same for everyone but has an unfair effect on people with a particular disability. Disability discrimination can also be called impairment discrimination. The Queensland Human Rights Commission have created a resource which outlines what impairment discrimination, when it is unlawful and when it is not. The Queensland Law Handbook has a chapter which covers both discrimination and human rights and explains both State and Federal processes.

In Queensland, the Queensland Human Rights Commission can assist in resolving a complaint about discrimination. However, in order to complain to the Queensland Human Rights Commission, it is important to ensure you are following the right complaints process. For advice about your complaint, you can call 1300 130 670 or email enquiries@qhrc.qld.gov.au

It can also be useful to connect with a Community Legal Centre who specializes in discrimination. To find a Community Legal Centre near you, use the Legal Centre Search on the Community Legal Centres Queensland website.