Discussion Paper: Modernisation of the Anti-Discrimination Act

This consultation is now closed.

The Anti-Discrimination Act (the Act) commenced on 1 August 1993. Discrimination law is an evolving area of practice and needs to keep pace with contemporary standards and expectations. The Department of the Attorney‑General and Justice has commenced a review of the Act to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the community.

A discussion paper outlining proposed reforms to the Act has been released by the Department of the Attorney‑General and Justice. These proposed reforms include:

  • modernising gender and sexuality protections and language in line with the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth);
  • changes to the law to support an end to discrimination against people of diverse sexualities accessing artificial fertilisation procedures;
  • introducing new protections under the Act such as domestic violence, homelessness, lawful sexual activity and socioeconomic status;
  • introducing specific anti-vilification laws prohibiting offensive conduct on the basis of race, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status;
  • extending coverage of the sexual harassment provisions to include all areas of public life;
  • introducing a representative complaints model that enables organisations to bring complaints about acts of systemic discrimination on behalf of groups who may be limited in their ability to bring an individual complaint;
  • removing some of the exemptions for religious and cultural organisations; and
  • broadening the scope of clubs by removal of the requirement for clubs to sell or supply liquor for consumption on its premises.

The Department of the Attorney-General and Justice is seeking your comments on potential future amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act. Submissions or comments can be as short or informal as an email or letter, or can be a more substantial document. They do not have to address all aspects of the discussion paper nor must they be confined to any of the proposed options discussed in the paper.

Public Consultation Sessions





Thursday 12 October



Cazalys Palmerston Club (bistro area)




Hilton Darwin, 32 Mitchell Street

Friday 13 October



Hilton Darwin, 32 Mitchell Street

Saturday 14 October

Humpty Doo


Village Green

Tuesday 17 October



Casuarina Library

Friday 27 October



Katherine Government Centre conference room

Wednesday 1 November

Tennant Creek


Tennant Creek training centre

Friday 3 November

Alice Springs


CASA Central Office, 6/5 Hartley Street

Friday 10 November



Nhulunbuy Corporation Boardroom

Thursday 16 November Darwin12.30pmTerritory Conference Room, Development House, 76 The Esplanade, Darwin
Thursday 16 November Palmerston5.30pmCommunity Room, Palmerston Recreation Centre, 11 The Boulevard, Palmerston

People who want to attend are requested to register for the event by phoning 8935 7668 or emailing policy.agd@nt.gov.au

Discussion Paper - PDF PDF (209.5 KB) | Word DOCX (85.7 KB)

The closing date for making comments is 31 January 2018.

Comments should be sent to:

Director, Legal Policy
Department of the Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722
Darwin NT 0801

Last updated: 12 April 2018

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