Tasmania to review Anti-Discrimination Act

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Tasmania to review Anti-Discrimination Act

The Tasmanian State Government will review the way complaints are handled and disputes resolved under Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act.

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The Tasmanian State Government will review the way complaints are handled and disputes resolved under Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Act.

Attorney General Steve Kons said the review would examine the current complaints handling provisions in the Act and make recommendations to improve them if necessary.

Kons said a discussion paper highlighting areas for possible change would be circulated to stakeholders including the legal profession, advocacy, employer and community groups.

Focus

He said the review will focus on procedural fairness and more flexible and efficient ways to investigate and resolve complaints, such as:

  • Should the parties have a right to legal representation. As it stands, legal representation is not a right and parties must seek leave to be represented.
  • Should the Commissioner have the statutory power to direct the parties to early conciliation during the investigation of the complaint.
  • The adequacy or otherwise of the time limits for making complaints.
  • Should the Commissioner be able to reject a complaint if the discrimination is not the dominant or substantial reason for the alleged discriminatory act.

Discussion paper and comments

The discussion paper is available at this website, or by contacting the project officer on 6233 3798 or by emailing legislation.development@justice.tas.gov.au

The closing date for comments is Friday 22 September 2006.

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