Sustainability-related Regulations Database

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Racial Discrimination Act 1975

Description: A short description of the legislation.

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is a significant piece of Australian legislation that aims to eliminate racial discrimination and promote equality and multiculturalism. This Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of their race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin in various aspects of public life, including employment, education, access to places and facilities, and provision of goods and services. It also covers offensive behavior based on racial hatred. The Act is enforced by the Australian Human Rights Commission, which investigates complaints of racial discrimination. It is a cornerstone in Australia’s commitment to a fair and inclusive society.

Application to Australian agriculture: Where the legislation is applicable.

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is pertinent to Australia's agriculture industry by ensuring that individuals are not discriminated against based on race in employment, training, and service provision. This fosters an inclusive agricultural sector, embracing diverse backgrounds and cultures, and contributes to a more equitable and productive workforce.

Compliance information: Often the evidence of compliance against a piece of legislation is that there is not a breach of the Act. Where appropriate, the developers of this database have listed evidence which could be used to show compliance if a breach was to be found. Many Best Management Practice (BMP) schemes and other certifications in Australian agriculture include this evidence for accreditation.

The following documentation/information is required to provide evidence of compliance.

(1) Diverse Racial Representation (2) Equal Opportunities (3) Training Records (4) Complaints Handling (5) Policy Documents

Additional information: The entity this legislation originates from.

Australian Human Rights Commission →

Source documents: Links to the legislation documents.