Equal employment opportunity & anti-discrimination
In Australia, national and state laws cover equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination in the workplace. You're required by these laws to create a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. It's important that as an employer, you understand your rights and responsibilities under human rights and anti-discrimination law. By putting effective anti-discrimination and anti-harassment procedures in place in your business you can improve productivity and increase efficiency.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has a range of fact sheets to help you develop effective policies and best practice guidelines. The Fair Work Ombudsman also provides education and assistance for employees and employers on preventing discrimination in the workplace.
Taking on people facing barriers to employment is often overlooked by employers and can be a useful way of diversifying the skill set within a business. There are funding and incentive schemes available for businesses that support people with a disability, Indigenous Australians, the long-term unemployed and the mature-aged.
Use our Grant Finder tool to help you find the most relevant incentives and support to your business.
Equal employment opportunity and anti-discrimination in your state or territory
What to do...
- Read about your employer responsibilities on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.
- Read about the benefits of having a diverse workplace free from discrimination from the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
- Check the Australian Human Rights Commission publication list for useful information.
- Read about Harassment & bullying in the workplace.
- Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for information about discrimination in the workplace.
- Check out the Human Rights Commission's Employer's hub to find out about discrimination law and your business.