Unlawful discrimination involves someone being treated unfairly on the basis of a protected characteristic.

Unlawful discrimination

This page provides resources about unlawful discrimination: when someone is treated unfairly on the basis of a protected characteristic.

People “discriminate”, in the sense that they make choices, every day. These choices may seem unfair or even hurtful but they are not necessarily unlawfully discriminatory. Unlawful discrimination arises when someone is treated unfairly because of their age, disability, family/carer responsibilities, gender identity (including trans, transgender and gender diverse), homosexuality or other sexual orientation, marital, domestic or relationship status, race, or sex.

Key legal issues bulletins

  • Student discipline in government schools bulletin 5
  • Legal issues concerning the administration of prescribed medications, health care procedures and medical emergencies in schools bulletin 46
  • Legal rights and responsibilities to a government school student who is diagnosed as being at risk of anaphylaxis bulletin 52
  • Transgender students in schools - legal rights and responsibilities bulletin 55

Further reading

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