Application for exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991

1. Before you apply

You can apply for an exemption or to renew an existing exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.

Before you apply, you must set out in your application the following:

  • if you are applying for an exemption or seeking to renew an exemption
  • the provision of the Act from which the exemption is sought
  • the period of time you seek the exemption
  • the person, persons or class of people on whose behalf the exemption is sought; and
  • the grounds of the exemption sought

Before you apply please ensure you complete the attached form below and provide any supporting material attached to the application for exemption.

2. Complete and lodge this form

To make an application for an exemption or renewal of exemption, complete and lodge the application form below. Carefully read the form instructions, answer each question and tick an appropriate box when prompted.

There is no prescribed fee to make this application.

Form 20 - Application for exemption or renewal of exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991

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3. How to lodge your application

When filing an application for exemption or renewal of exemption, you are required to file the application and supporting material along with three copies in one of the following ways:
In person

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Floor 11, 259 Queen Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

or at any local Magistrates Court 

Mail to

Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
GPO Box 1639
Brisbane Qld 4001

Your application is not filed until it is sealed by QCAT (i.e. stamped with the official QCAT stamp). After this has been done, sealed copies of your application will then be sent back to you. You can also keep a copy for your personal records.

4. What happens next?

Once your application has been received, QCAT will provide a copy of your application to the Queensland Human Rights Commission to make submissions.

You may also be requested to provide further submissions in relation to your application for an exemption if required by QCAT.

You can also find out further information on what happens after you apply.