The Commissioner for Equal Opportunity is independent and has the power to assess and resolve complaints of discrimination. They are also responsible for informing the community about their rights and responsibilities under equal opportunity laws.
It is unlawful to discriminate against people because of their personal characteristics or because they belong to a certain group. This includes treating somebody unfairly because of their race, gender, disability, marital status, sexuality or age.
The Commissioner for Equal Opportunity administers the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, which is designed to eliminate unlawful discrimination. If a complaint cannot be resolved it may be referred to the Equal Opportunity Tribunal.