The following federal anti-discrimination laws protect people from discrimination and harassment:
- Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth)
- Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth)
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)
- Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)
- Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)
Federal discrimination laws prohibit discrimination in different areas of public life against people on the basis of:
- race, including colour, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status
- sex, pregnancy, marital status, family responsibilities and breastfeeding
- sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
State and territories also have laws against discrimination. While they share a number of similarities, state and territory laws may cover additional grounds of discrimination and can apply in slightly different ways.