Project status: In progress

How you had YourSay

Discrimination can affect people in their day-to-day lives – at work or in education, accessing government services, participating in sport, joining a club, or practising a religion.

An ACT Government priority is to modernise our discrimination law and put the ACT at the forefront of best practice in promoting equal opportunity, respect for diversity and social inclusion in our community.

This is a key part of the ACT Government’s Capital of Equality Strategy 2019-2023.

Canberrans have the chance to have their say on the reforms to the Discrimination Act 1991.

  • On 22 October 20221, the Government released a Discussion Paper seeking views from members of the public about changes to discrimination law. The Government also released eight short Consultation Guides, each dealing with a specific discussion topic. These can be viewed under the Document Library on this page. Submissions on the Discussion Paper and an online survey closed on 30 January 2022.

  • On 7 April 2022, a Listening Report was published outlining the feedback and input from the consultation on discrimination law reform in the ACT. The feedback and suggestions from this consultation have been used to develop an Exposure Draft Discrimination Amendment Bill.

  • On 1 June 2022, the ACT Government released an Exposure Draft Discrimination Amendment Bill for further consultation. It is available on this page under the Document Library or on the ACT Legislation Register here. A Fact Sheet on the Exposure Draft Bill is also available under the Document Library on this page. Comments and feedback on the Exposure Draft Discrimination Amendment Bill closed Friday 1 July 2022.
  • Email a submission

    Written submissions on the Exposure Draft Discrimination Amendment Bill closed 1 July 2022.

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  • Phone a submission

    Oral submissions on the Exposure Draft Discrimination closed 1 July 2022.

About the Discrimination Amendment Bill

The Bill makes amendments to:

  • expand the coverage of the Discrimination Act to more areas of public life,
  • refine exceptions to unlawful discrimination, and
  • introduce a positive duty to eliminate discrimination.

We will use your views to

Comments we receive will guide the ACT Government's approach to Discrimination Law Reform.

Privacy policy

Before making a submission, please review the YourSay privacy policy. Any personal information received during your submission will be used only for the purposes of this community engagement process. Names of organisations may be included in any subsequent consultation report, but all individuals will be deidentified unless prior approval is gained.