Anti-Discrimination NSW


Aboriginal group asked for bond

Conciliations - Race discrimination - Goods and Services

The complainant was an Aboriginal corporation which was asked to pay a cash bond for accommodation at a caravan park run by the local council. The corporation wanted to make a number of bookings for its members who were attending a sporting event. ​

The corporation made a complaint of race discrimination to the Board. The council advised that they did not know that the managers of their caravan parks were asking for cash bonds, and the practice was stopped once they found out about it. Despite this, they asserted that the request for the cash bond was not race based, but because of the size of the group requesting accommodation.

The complaint was resolved following a conciliation conference when the council undertook to:

  • develop a procedure for the application of bonds and to advertise this within the terms and conditions of its parks;
  • provide diversity training for all customer service and management staff of its tourist parks;
  • make a donation of $2,500 to the sporting event; and
  • waive any requirement for a bond for the complainant's members attending the event in the future.

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