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Annual Report 2006-2007 Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

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Title

Annual Report 2006-2007 Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

Other title

Tabled paper 1144

Collection

Tabled papers for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2007-10-18

Description

Deemed

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Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/283518

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/410855

Page content

Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission 2006/2007 Annual Report 14 Complaints One of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioners functions is to carry out investigations and hearings into complaints and endeavour to effect conciliation. [Section 13(1) NT Anti-Discrimination Act (the Act)]. In performing this function the Anti-Discrimination Commission is a neutral body which does not represent either side in a complaint. The function of the Commission in relation to complaints is to impartially assess, investigate, provide advice, conciliate, and, if necessary, conduct hearings to determine complaints. The Act provides that, if the Commissioner has personally conducted the investigation or taken part in the conciliation of a complaint, he cannot conduct a hearing into that matter. For this reason the Commissioner delegates the powers to investigate and conciliate complaints to senior Commission officers called Delegates. These Delegates functions include: receiving complaints; deciding whether to accept or reject complaints; conducting investigations; providing advice to both parties; writing complex decisions as to whether or not a complainant has established a prima facie complaint; and endeavouring to conciliate complaints including conducting conciliation conferences. If a complaint proceeding to conciliation is not resolved it may be referred to a public hearing which is conducted by the Commissioner. Summary of Complaint-Handling in 2006/2007 Complaint Process (Overview) a. Discrimination, Prohibited Conduct and Areas of Activity The Act defines discrimination as including any distinction, restriction, exclusion or preference made on the basis of an attribute that has the effect of nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity. Prohibited discrimination also includes harassment on the basis of an attribute. The Act prohibits discrimination in any of the areas covered by the Act on the ground of any of the following attributes which appear in Section 19: (a) race; (b) sex; (c) sexuality; (d) age; (e) marital status; (f) pregnancy; (g) parenthood; (h) breastfeeding; (j) impairment; (k) trade union or employer association activity;


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