Neha Patil (Editor)

Anti Discrimination Act 1977

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Citation  1977 No 48
Date commenced  1 June 1977
Date of Royal Assent  28 April 1977
Administered by  Department of Justice
Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
Bill  Anti-Discrimination Bill

The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 is an Act of the NSW Parliament, relating to discrimination in employment, the public education system, delivery of goods and services, and other services such as banking, health care, property and night clubs.


The Act prohibits unlawful racial, sexual and other types of discrimination in certain circumstances and promotes equality of opportunity for all people

The Act covers the following types of discrimination:

  • Sex (including breastfeeding, pregnancy and sexual harassment)
  • Disability (including past, present or future disability and also includes actual or perceived HIV status)
  • Race (including ethno-religion)
  • Homosexuality (actual or perceived)
  • Marital or domestic status
  • Age (present or future)
  • Transgender (including transsexuality)
  • Carer’s responsibilities (but only within employment).
  • Development of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977

    The Act was granted Royal Assent on 28 April 1977 and came into effect on 1 June 1977. It was the 48th Act of 1977. Since then the Act has been amended and reformed about 90 times.

    Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW

    The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW was set up under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to promote anti-discrimination and equal opportunity principles and policies throughout NSW and to administer the Act.

    Functions of the Board

    The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW handles complaints of discrimination made by members of the public, investigating and conciliating complaints when appropriate.

    It also works to prevent discrimination by means of consultations, education programs, seminars, presentations, media and community engagement, and informational materials.

    In addition, the Board advises the Government on discrimination matters and makes recommendations to the Attorney General on some applications for exemption from the Act.

    Office of Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment

    The Office of Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment (ODEOPE) administrates Part 9A of the Act, which pertains to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) across the public sector.


    Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Behnam Asbaghi
    Mário Rui
    Scott Gilmore