The Western Australian Disability Discrimination Unit is a part of Sussex Street Community Law Service Inc. In contrast to other services provided by Sussex Street, the Disability Discrimination Unit services both the metropolitan and country areas of WA.
What is the Disability Discrimination Unit (DDU)?
The DDU provides free information and advice to people who feel they have been discriminated against due to their disability.
What is a disability?
The legislation which makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone due to a disability / impairment includes the following in its definition.
- Physical disability e.g. quadriplegia
- Sensory e.g. blind, deaf
- Intellectual e.g. autism
- Organisms in body which do or are capable of causing disease e.g. HIV
- Psychiatric e.g. Bipolar
- Learning disorder e.g. dyslexia
It covers disabilities in the past, present or that may exist in the future e.g. Heredity diseases such as Huntington's disease.
What legislation governs disability discrimination?
There are two Acts governing disability discrimination;
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992 which is federal law; and
- Equal Opportunity Act 1984 which is Western Australian law
Our solicitor can discuss with you which legislation is most applicable to your particular case.
What is unlawful disability discrimination?
Discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably than others. Discrimination can be direct or indirect and includes harassment and being asked discriminatory questions.
- Direct discrimination is where a person with a disability is directly treated differently because of the disability
- Indirect discrimination is placing some conditions on a person with a disability that they cannot satisfy but that a person without a disability could.
Who can complain about disability discrimination?
- A person with a disability
- A person on behalf of a person with a disability, such as a carer or parent of a child with a disability
- A group who have suffered discrimination
- Associates, partners, friends, parents, carers and family members.
What areas of life is it unlawful to discriminate based on disability/impairment?
- Goods, services and facilities
- Clubs and Associations
- Access e.g. buildings, services, or information
- Insurance and Superannuation
- Qualifying bodies
The Disability Discrimination Act also covers
- Administration or Commonwealth Laws and programs
- Breaches of Disability Standards
The Disability Discrimination Unit also engages in community legal education by informing people about their rights so that they can address issues relating to their or another's disability. If you would like to arrange for someone to provide your group with information on disability discrimination contact the office on 6253 9500.
To make an appointment
29 Sussex Street East Victoria Park WA 6101
Phone: (08) 6253 9500
Local Call: 1300 648 655
TXT 0449 227 815
TTY 9470 2831
Fax (08) 9470 1805
For further information on Disability Discrimination
Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia Phone (08) 9216 6900
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Phone 1300 656 419
This service is funded by
The Commonwealth Attorney General's Department