Unlawful discrimination

Discrimination is unlawful under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas) (the Act) if it is discrimination on the basis of one or more of the characteristics listed in the Act (these characteristics are called 'attributes').


The attributes listed in the Act are:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Disability
  • Irrelevant medical record
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Intersex variations of sex characteristics
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual orientation
  • Relationship status
  • Lawful sexual activity
  • Marital status
  • Family responsibilities
  • Parental status
  • Irrelevant criminal record
  • Religious belief or affiliation
  • Religious activity
  • Political belief or affiliation
  • Political activity
  • Industrial activity
  • Association with a person who has or is believed to have any of the other attributes.

Discrimination on the basis of an attribute is unlawful if it happens in connection with an area of activity that is listed in the Act.

Areas of activity

The areas of activity listed in the Act are:

  • Employment (paid and unpaid)
  • Education and training
  • Provision of facilities, goods and services;
  • Accommodation (all types)
  • Membership and activities of clubs
  • Administration of any law of Tasmania or any State Government program
  • Awards, enterprise agreements or industrial agreements