Discrimination and Human Rights
People with albinism (“PWA”) may at various points in their lives experience discrimination. It’s therefore important for PWA and their supporters to have an understanding of the options available to deal with discrimination.
Numerous laws and agencies exist throughout Australia to combat discrimination and other human rights abuses. In the Members’ section of this website, you will find some basic information about those laws and agencies. This includes basic information about:
- Federal anti-discrimination laws. The Australian Human Rights Commission assists with complaints of discrimination on the grounds of disability, under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth). You can also see their webpage at humanrights.gov.au;
- Anti-discrimination laws and agencies that exist in each Australian state or territory. This includes the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (see humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au); New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board (see https://www.antidiscrimination.justice.nsw.gov.au); South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission (see https://eoc.sa.gov.au); Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission (see https://www.adcq.qld.gov.au); Western Australian Equal Opportunity Commission (see https://www.eoc.wa.gov.au); Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission (see https://www.antidiscrimination.tas.gov.au) and Australian Capital Territory Human Rights Commission (see https://hrc.act.gov.au) and Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission (see https://www.adc.nt.gov.au);
- International human rights laws as they relate to people with albinism, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
We also have some information about where you can access legal advice and assistance if you – or a PWA you know – is concerned about discrimination.
Join the AFA for access to information about discrimination and human rights issues in the members’ section of our website!