Disability Discrimination Act at Work

Following the path to getting your dream job will no doubt raise a number of questions. Taking the time to look at disability legislation in employment, preferably before you start looking for a job, will help you become more confident about your rights and responsibilities and also help to find the answers to those questions.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) gives people with a disability the same employment opportunities as others. It covers all areas of employment and makes it unlawful for a person to be discriminated against because of their disability. This includes:

The legislation is applicable to all employees, contract staff, commission agents, agency workers and partnerships of three or more people.

What is discrimination under the DDA?

In Australia people with a disability have the right to the same employment opportunities as other people. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992 and the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act (ADA) 1977 protects people with a disability from discriminatory treatment in a range of areas including employment, education and access to services, facilities and public areas. In addition you also have the right to workplace adjustments that minimise the impact of your disability in the workplace.

Discrimination under the DDA means treating someone unfairly because they happen to belong to a particular group of people because of a disability. There are three types of unlawful disability discrimination:

What if I think I am being discriminated against?

If problems arise in the workplace, you should consider if what you are experiencing fits the DDA's definition of discrimination. Keep in mind that not all unfair treatment is discrimination.

There are lots of options to consider if you think you are experiencing discrimination in employment. Depending on your circumstances you:

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