ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Submission: Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws

Publication date: 
January 2012

ACTCOSS supports the consolidation of the four Federal anti-discrimination Acts and believes it is a good opportunity for any inconsistencies within the anti-discrimination legislation to be addressed.

ACTCOSS also welcomes the opportunity the consolidation of the anti-discrimination Acts presents in reflecting on the list of protected attributes, and believes there are other attributes which should be considered. In particular, ACTCOSS believes there is a need to include on the list attributes traditionally associated with 'social status' including experiences of homelessness; experiences with drug and other alcohol addiction; and experiences of incarceration or previous criminal record.