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Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body under federal legislation. The Commission’s roles include to:

  • handle complaints of discrimination, or breaches of human rights
  • hold public inquiries into human rights issues
  • educate and raise public awareness
  • provide legal, policy and other advice to the courts, parliaments and governments, and 
  • research into human rights and discrimination issues

If a student feels they have been discriminated against by a tertiary education provider, training provider, their employer, and/or a prospective education/training provider/employer based on their:

  • disability
  • age
  • gender 
  • race
  • sexual preference
  • social origin, and/or
  • religion

the student may be able to make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Commission can help both parties of the complaint matter to resolve the issues of complaint and arrive at an agreed resolution to the situation. This is called a conciliation process. An outcome of this process can include an apology, reinstatement to a job, course or educational/training institution, compensation for lost wages, policy change or better anti-discrimination training.

The Australian Human Rights Commission website contains helpful guides, forms and information on how to lodge a complaint.