Anti-discrimination - QCAT Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal

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Anti-discrimination matters
A person may be discriminated against based upon a range of personal, physical, racial, religious, political or sexual attributes.

QCAT hears complaints of alleged unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification and victimisation after they have been investigated and referred to QCAT by the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (the Commission). The referral report contains the documents provided by the parties in the original complaint and any additional notes made by the Commission.

After reviewing the complaint QCAT may decide and order that a person, group of people or business who the complaint was made against must:

  • stop doing the action that caused the complaint
  • pay compensation
  • pay interest on compensation
  • do specific things to redress the loss or damage suffered
  • make a public or private apology or retraction
  • implement programs to eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • pay the other party’s costs, or
  • declare an agreement is not legally binding.

QCAT is also responsible for:

  • granting an exemption to allow a person or business to do something that is otherwise unlawful under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, for example advertising for female employees only, and
  • providing opinions on anti-discrimination matters to the Commissioner.

Getting a fair go in the Tribunal:  information video

Getting a fair go in the Tribunal is a information video to help those involved in discrimination matters - whether as an applicant, respondent or advocate - understand how complaints are managed if they are referred to the Tribunal for a hearing and decision.

It provides useful information so those coming to QCAT can feel more relaxed and confident about their experience.

The video is a joint production of the Commission and Tribunal.

Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland is responsible for dealing with complaints of discrimination.

We cannot provide legal advice

As part of an independent tribunal, QCAT registry staff cannot provide legal advice.

Registry staff can explain and answer questions about how QCAT works and its processes.

Registry staff cannot help with:

* whether or not you should submit an application
* whether your application is under the correct jurisdiction
* if you should lodge an appeal or a counter-application
* recommending a specific lawyer to assist you
* how to word your application, supporting documents or what to say at a proceeding
* contacting a QCAT member or adjudicator directly
* predicting likely outcomes of a case or appeal
* helping you to prepare your case
* advising what orders/decisions you should seek
* explaining what you should do to follow QCAT directions
* enforcing an order or decision of the tribunal
* advising exact timeframes for resolution of a matter – this depends on your individual matter.

Last reviewed
25 October 2018
Last updated
25 October 2018

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