Disability discrimination continues to be the most common type of discrimination reported in NSW

Published: 29 November 2019

Anti-Discrimination NSW (ADNSW) responded to 866 discrimination enquiries relating to disability in the last financial year, making disability discrimination the most common type of discrimination reported since 2007.

 Most of the disability discrimination enquiries related to the provision of goods and services (322) and 315 occurred in employment, as outlined in Anti-Discrimination NSW's Annual Report for 2018-19.

 Overall, AD NSW received 3,597 discrimination enquiries with 3,863 discrimination matters raised as enquiries often involved more than one type of discrimination.

 Of the 1,027 complaints lodged in the last year, 254 complaints related to disability discrimination.

"Since 2011, disability discrimination has featured as the most common issue in the complaints received by our complaint handling service," President of Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW Dr Annabelle Bennett said.

 "Each year, many people in New South Wales feel that they are being unfairly treated or harassed and denied services or employment because of their disability."

 "It's absolutely unacceptable that this type of discrimination is a recurring theme in our enquiries and complaints and we're doing our best to hear what people have to say through our free and fair enquiries and conciliation services," Dr Bennett said.

 "We are fortunate to have experienced conciliators who maintain a high standard and who work hard to resolve issues between the parties."

 The next most common issue raised in enquiries was race discrimination (467) followed by sex discrimination (258).

 In complaints, race discrimination was the second most common type of discrimination (149) followed by victimisation (147).

 "We are committed to raising awareness about discrimination and its impacts through a combination of grassroots community engagement events, outreach and education programs, youth forums, community consultations and training throughout New South Wales" Dr Bennett said.

 "During 2018-19, we engaged with the community at 95 events held in Sydney and regional New South Wales including events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, refugee and multicultural communities, LGBTQI+ communities and employment expos."

Dr Bennett said employment continues to be the most common public area of complaint across all the types of discrimination covered by NSW's Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

 Read Anti-Discrimination NSW's Annual Report 2018-19 

https://www.antidiscrimination.justice.nsw.gov.au/Documents/Anti-Discimination-Board-of-NSW-Annual-Report-2018-19.pdf

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