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QUICK EXPLAINER – What Is Race Discrimination?

QUICK EXPLAINER – What is race discrimination?

Race discrimination in Australia refers to the unfair treatment or unfavorable actions taken against individuals based on their race.

A person’s race includes their colour, descent or ancestry, ethnic and social origin and their nationality or national origin.

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How common is it?

The prevalence of race discrimination in Australia can vary across different contexts and regions. While it is difficult to determine the exact frequency, studies and reports suggest that race discrimination continues to be a concern in certain sectors of Australian society.

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Where can it happen?

Discrimination based on race can occur in various settings, such as workplaces, educational institutions and even online platforms. It can also occur when someone is applying for accommodation or credit or insurance. It can also occur when dealing with tradespeople, businesses or governments. The conduct can can take both overt and subtle forms, making it crucial to address all instances of unfair treatment.

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The law

It is indeed unlawful to discriminate against someone in Australia on the grounds of their race or social origin. The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 prohibits race discrimination in various areas, including employment, education, housing, and the provision of goods and services. In Queensland the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of race.

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Remedies can include compensation

People who experience unlawful race discrimination in Australia have several remedies available to them. They can lodge a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission or the relevant state or territory anti-discrimination body. In Queensland this is the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). These bodies have the authority to investigate complaints, facilitate conciliation, and, if necessary, take legal action to address the discrimination. Compensation is also a remedy available to people.

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Seek legal advice

If someone experiences unlawful discrimination in Australia, it is advisable for them to gather evidence, such as written records, emails, or witness statements. They should then seek expert legal advice from a qualified professional, such as an employment lawyer at Human Rights Claims, to understand their rights and options. Reporting the incident to the appropriate anti-discrimination body is an important step towards seeking redress and promoting equality. If you have experienced race discrimination – please call Human Rights Claims on 1800 437 825 for a confidential chat about your rights and options moving forward.

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