DDA (Disability Discrimination Act)

* Due to the changes in the DDA that came into affect on 1st May 2011 please see our FAQs for specific information on how these affect you and your business.

* Due to the changes in the DDA that came into affect on 1st May 2011 please see our FAQs for specific information on how these affect you and your business.

The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (D.D.A.) provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability. It encourages everyone to be involved in implementing the Act and to share in the overall benefits to the community and the economy that flow from participation by the widest range of people.

Disability discrimination happens when people with a disability are treated less fairly than people without a disability. Disability discrimination also occurs when people are treated less fairly because they are relatives, friends, carers, co-workers or associates of a person with a disability.

The DDA makes it against the law to discriminate against someone if they have a disability in the following areas of life:

    Employment. For example, when someone is trying to get a job, equal pay or promotion.
    Education. For example, when enrolling in a school, TAFE, university or other colleges.
    Access to premises used by the public. For example, using libraries, places of worship, government offices, hospitals, restaurants, shops, or other premises used by the public.
    Provision of goods, services and facilities. For example, when a person wants goods or services from shops, pubs and places of entertainment, cafes, video shops, banks, lawyers, government departments, doctors, hospitals and so on.
    Accommodation. For example, when renting or trying to rent a room in a boarding house, a flat, unit or house.
    Buying land. For example, buying a house, a place for a group of people, or drop-in centre.
    Activities of clubs and associations. For example, wanting to enter or join a registered club, (such as a sports club, RSL or fitness centre), or when a person is already a member.
    Sport. For example, when wanting to play, or playing a sport.
    Administration of Commonwealth Government laws and programs. For example, when seeking information on government entitlements, trying to access government programs, wanting to use voting facilities.

REF: (Quoted from Australian Human Rights Commission, DDA guide)