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Australian Human Rights Commission

ph 1300 656 419

The Commission’s National Information Service provides employers and employees with information about their obligations and rights under the Sex Discrimination Act.

A key role of the Commission is to investigate and conciliate complaints of discrimination under the Sex Discrimination Act.

The Commission is not a court and cannot decide if discrimination has happened. The Commission’s role is to get both sides of the story and help those involved try to resolve the complaint.

If the complaint cannot be resolved or is terminated for some other reason, such as that the complaint is lacking in substance or has already been adequately dealt with, the complainant has the option of making an application to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or the Federal Court of Australia. The court can determine if discrimination has happened.

A complainant under the Sex Discrimination Actcannot go straight to court. It must first go to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Fair Work Ombudsman

ph 13 13 94

The Fair Work Ombudsman helps employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities at work. Fair Work Ombudsman works with employees, employers and the community to educate and encourage compliance with Australia’s workplace laws.

The Fair Work Ombudsman can investigate suspected breaches of workplace laws.

Fair Work Commission

ph 1300 799 675

The Fair Work Commission’s role includes:

  • determining unfair dismissal applications
  • resolving unlawful termination claims, general protection/adverse action claims (such as discrimination) – including termination and complaints about conduct  during employment, can also determine general protection/adverse action claims involving dismissal by arbitration
  • making orders to stop bullying at work.

State and Territory Anti-Discrimination bodies

Each state and territory has its own anti-discrimination body.

These are:
ACT: Australian Capital Territory Human Rights Commission

NSW: Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales

NT: Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

QLD: Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland

SA: South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission

TAS: Tasmanian Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner

VIC: Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

WA: Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission

Commonwealth, State and Territory based work health and safety authorities

In relation to work health and safety - education, assistance, compliance, investigations, enforcement and prosecutions.

Further information about each Authority and their contact details is available on the Safe Work Australia website: