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Equal Opportunity and Human Rights

In Australia, there are both federal and state laws that protect your right to be treated fairly. This section gives an overview of these laws and looks at South Australia’s equal opportunity laws in a bit more detail. It also tells you about what happens if you make a complaint to the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Human rights in Australia

Discrimination law is a small part of human rights law. Most of Australia’s human rights law is made by the Federal Parliament and applies across Australia. For more information about how human rights are protected in Australia, go to the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

In 2009, the Federal Government consulted the public about whether human rights are adequately protected in Australia and how protections could be improved. You can read more about the consultation on the Australian Human Rights Commission's website.

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