New federal discrimination protections started today

In June, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth) was amended to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of:

The laws also update the ground of ‘marital status’ to ‘relationship status’.

The changes followed the federal government having to abandon its proposed federal discrimination law consolidation earlier in the year because it was not going to attract sufficient support in the parliament. I welcomed the consolidated legislation at the time, as it would have been an improvement on the current patchwork of federal discrimination statutes, and would have introduced important protections. Though I’m disappointed that the consolidated legislation didn’t make it through, I am very pleased that our nation’s parliament has seen fit to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI people.

The Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 can be found on Comlaw.