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Annual Report 2006-2007 Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission



Annual Report 2006-2007 Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

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Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission 2006/2007 Annual Report 15 (m) religious belief and activity; (n) political opinion, affiliation and activity; (p) irrelevant medical records; (q) irrelevant criminal record; (r) association with a person who has, or is believed to have, an attribute referred to in this section. The Act also sets out other forms of prohibited conduct including: refusing to allow guide dogs; sexual harassment; failure to accommodate a special need; victimisation; seeking unnecessary information; discriminatory advertising; aiding contravention of the Act Discrimination on the basis of any of these grounds is only unlawful if it occurs in one of the following areas of activity set out in Section 28 the Act: (a) education; (b) work; (c) accommodation; (d) goods, services and facilities; (e) clubs; and (f) insurance and superannuation. Misunderstandings concerning discrimination often arise from a misconception that the Act covers any conduct that may be described as discrimination or harassment. It is important to note that unlawful discrimination is limited to the attributes and areas set out in the Act. People often complain about forms of unfair treatment or harassment that are not based on an attribute under the Act, or do not occur in an area of activity covered by the Act. They are advised that not all conduct that appears to be discriminatory is unlawful and matters not covered under the Act are often referred to the NT Community Justice Centre (with which we are now co-located) or other appropriate agencies, such as NT Consumer and Business Affairs or the Ombudsman. b. Acceptance of Complaints (Sections 65, 66, 67 and 68) Complaints alleging discrimination or other prohibited conduct must be made in writing by the person aggrieved, must set out in detail the alleged prohibited conduct and identify the respondent, and must be made not later than six months after the alleged prohibited conduct took place.