Legal Framework

Australia does not have one specific law or act regulating all matters related to racial discrimination. Instead, racial discrimination is regulated by many different pieces of legislation in the federal and state spheres.

Australia’s constitution provides no protection against racial discrimination and Australia does not have a national bill of rights or human rights act to address this issue. Furthermore, the federal Racial Discrimination Act does not have primacy over other legislation and criminal law is very scarce on the subject.

Therefore, while the legal framework regulating racial discrimination in Australia is broad, it is also limited. On this website we provide information on three areas: