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 had the chance to have their say on the reforms to the Discrimination Act.

In 2021, the Government released a Discussion Paper seeking views from members of the public about changes to discrimination law. There are eight short Consultation Guides, each dealing with a specific discussion topic. These can be viewed under the Document Library on this page. Written submissions on the Discussion Paper and the 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.

How we heard from you

There were a range of ways you shared your views on Discrimination Law Reform in the ACT:
  • Call us to have YourSay

    Oral submissions closed midnight 30 January 2022.

    The submissions were received as a recorded message which was automatically delivered to the Project Team.

  • Virtual roundtables

    Virtual roundtables were held with each covering key areas of interest for First Nations peoples, people with disability, the education sector and religious organisations.

We are looking at

The Government is consulting the public on several issues in Discrimination Law Reform in the ACT:

  • What is the best way to ensure discrimination laws protect people in all areas of public life?

  • How can exceptions to discrimination law be made simpler and consistent with human rights?

Find out more about the three issues on the Discrimination Law Reform project page here.

We will use your views to

Comments we receive from the community and during the virtual roundtables will guide the ACT Government's approach to Discrimination Law Reform.

The community feedback and survey closed in January 2022, and a Listening Report on the feedback can be found here.