DDA standards

Disability and discrimination

The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) (DDA)

  • prohibits discrimination, including indirect discrimination and harassment, on the basis of disability
  • enables complaints to be lodged by or on behalf of a person who believes there has been discrimination on the basis of having a disability or of being an associate of a person with a disability
  • enables representative complaints to be lodged on behalf of a class of people with a disability, or associates of people with a disability, who are believed to be discriminated against
  • creates the position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner to investigate and conciliate complaints
  • enables the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to conduct inquiries into complaints which are unable to be conciliated or which are considered unsuitable for conciliation
  • enables the Commission to make a decision about an appropriate remedy where a complaint is found to be substantiated
  • enables the development of Disability Standards
  • makes it unlawful to breach Disability Standards
  • enables the development of Action Plans to further the objects of the Act and which may be taken into account in proceedings under the Act
  • creates a number of offences under the Act, in particular victimisation
  • gives the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission other functions to further the objects of the Act Introduction