Legislation supporting the equity, diversity and inlcusion principles of the University of Queensland exists at both Commonwealth and State levels. These are detailed below.

Commonwealth Acts

Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Commonwealth legislation relating to human rights, disability, race, sex and age can be accessed through the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

This includes the:

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984.
  • Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
  • Age Discrimination Act 2004.
  • Australia Human Rights Commission Act 1986.

Workplace Relations Legislation

Information about the national workplace system including the National Employment Standards can be found on the Fair Work ombudsman website. This includes information on the Fair Work Act 2009 which contains anti-discrimination and anti-bullying rights and obligations.

Gender Equity Legislation

The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 applies to the University of Queensland, and requires it to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency each year. More information about this can be found here.

Queensland Acts

Anti-Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Legislation

The Anti-Discrimination Act Queensland 1991 provides anti-discrimination rights and obligations in relation to the following 'protected attributes':

  • Sex.
  • Relationship status.
  • Parental status.
  • Race.
  • Religious belief or activity.
  • Political belief or activity.
  • Impairment.
  • Trade union activity.
  • Lawful sexual activity.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Breastfeeding needs.
  • Family responsibilities.
  • Gender identity.
  • Sexuality.
  • Age

And/or your association with, or relation to, a person identified on the basis of any of the above attributes. Information about this legislation can be found on the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland website.

Information about the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011, which contains workplace anti-harassment and anti-bullying rights and obligations, can be accessed from the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website.