A person who cannot avoid committing an act of discrimination may apply for an exemption from discrimination law. The purpose of the exemption is to give them a period of time to improve their systems or services and prevent discrimination from happening in the future.
For example, a building may be inaccessible to people who use wheelchairs. The building of a ramp or the installation of a lift may require planning and time to complete.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission gives exemptions for up to 3 years. The Australian Human Rights Commission gives exemptions for up to 5 years. When the 3 or 5 year period is finished, the person/organisation may apply for an extension of time.
- Part 1: Have I experienced discrimination?
- Part 2: What action can I take?
- Part 3: When is discrimination allowed?
- Part 4: Quick references
- Process flow chart option 1: Complaint submitted with the Australian Human Rights Commission
- Process flow chart option 2: Complaint submitted with the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission
- Process flow chart option 3: Complaint submitted directly with the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal
- Flow chart option 4: Complaint submitted directly with the Fair Work Commission
- Disability Discrimination Checklist