ACT discrimination law amended

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ACT discrimination law amended

The Workplace Relations Amendment Fair Dismissal Bill and The Workplace Relations Amendment Secret Ballots for Protected Action have become double dissolution triggers.

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Earlier this year, the ACT Legislative Assembly enacted the Discrimination Amendment Act 2003, changing the Discrimination Act 1991 in four areas.

With the amendments, the Act now:

  • provides for equal treatment of same-sex partnerships,
  • protects people from discrimination on the basis of a possible future disability,
  • in certain circumstances allows employers to terminate the employment of a person whose disability means they can no longer do their job, and
  • strengthens conciliated agreements by making them enforceable as decisions of the Discrimination Tribunal.

A current authorised version of the Act can be accessed online at the ACT Legislation Register.

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