Anti-Discrimination Act (NSW) 1977

NSW has a single statute covering discrimination in employment, education and other areas on the grounds of sex (including, breastfeeding and pregnancy), race (including colour, ethnicity, descent, ethno-religious identity, national identity and background), marital and domestic status, disability, homosexuality, age, transgender status (transsexuality), and carers' responsibilities (in employment only). The Act also prohibits compulsory retirement, sexual harassment and certain forms of vilification, defined as any public act that could incite or encourage hatred, severe ridicule or serious contempt for a person or group of people because of their race, homosexuality, transgender status or HIV / AIDS status.

The Act provides for the establishment of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board which receives and attempts to conciliate complaints of discrimination. Where conciliation is not successful, a complaint may be referred to the Equal Opportunity Division of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal for a public hearing.

Anti-Discrimination Act (NSW) 1977

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