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The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) makes disability discrimination unlawful and promotes equal rights, equal opportunity and equal access for people with disabilities.

The Australian Human Rights Commission, through the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, works with governments, the private sector and civil society to help individuals and organisations understand their rights and meet their legal responsibilities. 


Complaints under the Disability Discrimination Act 

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (also known as the DDA) makes it against the law to treat you unfairly because of your disability. You are also covered if you had a disability in the past, may develop a disability in the future or if people think you have a disability. 

If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of your disability, you can make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission. You can also have someone such as a solicitor, advocate or trade union make a complaint on your behalf.  

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Exemptions to the Disability Discrimination Act  

The Australian Human Rights Commission can grant temporary exemptions from certain provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth). These temporary exemptions are granted under Section 55 and may be granted for up to five years at a time, subject to specific terms and conditions.  

More information about exemption applications and decisions is available at Exemption applications under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth).  

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Information Sourced From Australian Human Rights Commission. 

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