Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW

ADB and NSW Fair Trading on tenancy issues

The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW and NSW Fair Trading signed a memorandum of understanding in 2015. The Board began working with Fair Trading to tackle discrimination against Aboriginal tenants, after the release of the Government’s Fair Trading Policy in 1999. 

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Since then the Board and Fair Trading NSW have provided training for real estate agents and self-managing landlords, as well as working with the Good Service Mob to provide consumer information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities. 

See more information on Good Service Mob forums and seminars

Information from the Board’s enquiries and complaint processes will be used to identify problem areas in terms of discrimination by real estate agents and address these through Fair Trading’s compliance requirements. Individual complaints will not be identified in this process.

Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)

Under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) it is against the law to discriminate on the basis of age, carer’s responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, marital status, race, sex, homosexuality and transgender status when you rent accommodation such as houses, units, flats, hotel or motel rooms and commercial premises.

If you feel you are being discriminated against in the rental market, give us a call. We can give you free confidential advice about your options.

Contact our services:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service:
Felicity Huntington
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Team Leader Outreach Program (02) 9268 5540 or 0408 028 862 

General enquiries line: 
(02) 9268 5544 or 1800 670 812 (free call outside Sydney)
Opening hours: 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

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