This information relates to complaints made to the Commission under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.
Complaints under the Human Rights Act 2019 are not able to be lodged until after 1 January 2020. Complaints under the Human Rights Act will only be able to be made about alleged breaches which occur after 1 January 2020.
The Commission is empowered under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 to provide a complaint resolution service about alleged contraventions of the Act.
This process is free, and a person does not need a lawyer to make a complaint. However, many people do choose to seek legal advice about making or responding to a complaint.
Complainants and respondents may request permission to have legal representation at conciliation conferences. This must be done in advance of the conciliation conference by contacting the conciliator either by phone or in writing.
The conciliator will decide whether to grant permission based on whether attendance of the advocate will assist in the resolution of the complaint. This will include considering whether the other parties will also be represented, and ensuring all advocates agree to participate in a way that will assist the resolution of the dispute.