Anti-Discrimination Laws
Everybody should be given a 'Fair Go' when renting or trying to rent a property. While landlords and agents have the right to choose the most suitable tenant, they are not able to unfairly discriminate against you when you apply for a rental property.

It is against the law to discriminate against people for reasons of race, sex, gender identity (e.g. transgender), sexuality (e.g. homosexuality), disability (e.g. physical, intellectual or psychiatric), marital status, or age (includes discrimination due to having children).  It is against the law to discriminate against people for any of the above reasons but only in certain circumstances. It is unlawful for a landlord or real estate agent to discriminate against you:

  • when rental accommodation is advertised (e.g. an ad that says that people of a particular ethnic group cannot apply)
  • when you enquire about the availability of advertised accommodation (e.g. an agent refuses to show a vacant rental property to two unmarried women)
  • when you apply for rental accommodation (e.g. by refusing to take your application, placing you lower on a list of applicants, or refusing to rent the premises to you)
  • while you are renting accommodation by imposing terms or conditions which are discriminatory (e.g. limiting the people you can invite to visit)
  • by ending the tenancy because of your race, sex, gender identity, sexuality, disability, marital status, or age
  • by sexually harassing you in the course of being provided or offered accommodation
  • by not giving you all the benefits associated with your accommodation (e.g. you live in flats with a pool and are not allowed to use the pool because you have a child with a disability).

If you believe that you have been discriminated against when applying for a rental property and would like more information, find the right contact point in your state/territory:

New South Wales

The Anti–Discrimination Board of NSW (ADB) or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

  • The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW: Phone (02) 9268 5544 (Sydney), (02) 4224 9960 (Wollongong), (02) 4926 4300 (Newcastle) or free call 1800 670 812.
  • The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): Phone 1300 656 419 or (02) 9284 9888 or email infoservice@humanrights.gov.au  

Victoria

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

Queensland

Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

  • The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland: Phone 1300 130 670 from anywhere in Queensland, toll-free. Offices are located in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.
  • The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): Phone 1300 656 419 or (02) 9284 9888 or email infoservice@humanrights.gov.au  

Western Australia

The WA Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

  • The WA Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC): Phone (08) 9216 3900 or country freecall 1800 198 149. Free publications about discrimination, as well as complaint forms, can be downloaded from the EOC’s website at www.equalopportunity.wa.gov.au
  • The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): Phone 1300 656 419 or (02) 9284 9888 or email infoservice@humanrights.gov.au  

South Australia

The SA Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

  • The SA Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC): Lodge a formal complaint online. If you need help filling out the form, contact the SA EOC. Use the EOC’s checklist to see if you are ready to lodge your complaint. 
  • The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC): Phone 1300 656 419 or (02) 9284 9888 or email infoservice@humanrights.gov.au  

Tasmania

Equal Opportunity Tasmania (the office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner) or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

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