Disability discrimination complaints

DATE: 14 July 2015



In Australia, the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) makes it against the law to treat a person unfairly because of their disability.

The Australian Human Rights Commission promotes and protects the human rights of all Australians.

If you think you have been discriminated against or harassed because of disability, you can lodge a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission.

This infographic presents some statistics about disability discrimination complaints made in Australia.

Key facts

  • 4458 complaints were received by the Australian Human Rights Commission between 2009/2010 and 2013/2014
  • The highest number of complaints are about goods, services and facilities, and employment.

Technical notes

Because the Commission is not a court, it attempts to resolve complaints via conciliation. In 2013/14, 36% of complaints were successfully resolved by conciliation. Complainants can take their complaint to the Federal Court if it is not resolved through conciliation.


Media enquiries

Yooralla's Communications Team

Phone: 03 9666 4500
Email: marcoms@yooralla.com.au

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