Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)
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Australian Human Rights Commission
Mr Chin Tan, Race Discrimination Commissioner
175 Pitt St
GPO Box 5218
02 9284 9600
1300 369 711
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VC Compliance Delegate
Peter Creamer, Chief Operating Officer
David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
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The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) gives effect to Australia’s international human rights commitments and promotes equality between people of different backgrounds. The Act protects people across Australia from unfair treatment on the basis of their race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin in different areas of public life (including employment, education, accommodation, obtaining or using services, accessing public places). Both direct and indirect race discrimination and racial vilification is against the law.
Racial discrimination is when a person is treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation because of there race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status. Racial vilification (racial hatred) is doing something in public - based on the race, colour, national or ethnic origin of a person or group of people - which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate.
Under the Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (AHRCA) a complainant has a choice of taking action under the RDA or the equivalent State or Territory legislation (in the case of NSW the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 is the applicable State law). If action is taken under the State or Territory legislation, the complainant is statute barred from making a complaint under the AHRCA.