News and announcements

Changes to the ACT's Discrimination Act

On Thursday, 1 November, The Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Andrew Barr, and Minister for Justice, Shane Rattenbury introduced the Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018 into the Legislative Assembly.

This Bill amends the Discrimination Act 1991 to clarify exceptions for religious schools, to provide greater protection to students and staff from discrimination based on protected attributes such as sexuality and gender identity.

The ACT is a human rights jurisdiction, and the Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018 is an example of the Government’s commitment to ongoing reforms to promote the equality of all Canberrans.

Why are discrimination laws being amended in the ACT?

We are making changes to the Discrimination Act to strengthen protections against discrimination for students and staff in non-government schools, so that it will not be lawful to discriminate on the basis of sexuality, gender identity or other protected attributes.

We recognise that non-government schools in the ACT…

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New gambling reform laws introduced

On 1 November 2018, the Attorney-General is introducing the Gaming Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

The Bill contains amendments that:

  • create a new Community Contributions Scheme which focuses on improving the effectiveness, transparency and community

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Moss Review Implementation Closure Report

On 25 October 2018, the Minister for Corrections and Justice Health, Shane Rattenbury MLA, issued a Ministerial Statement and tabled the Moss Review Implementation Closure Report in the ACT Legislative Assembly to formally close the…

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Government response to the Inquest into the death in custody of Steven Freeman

The Minister for Corrective Services Shane Rattenbury has released the government response to Coroner's Cook's findings on the Inquest into the death in custody of Steven Freeman.

On 23 August 2018,…

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National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse

The ACT has joined the National Redress Scheme to provide support to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The ACT Government will be responsible for claims against one of its organisations, for example organisations responsible…

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