Disability Discrimination Act, 1992
The Disability Discrimination Act is is designed to protect everyone, including employees from discrimination based on their disability, and so it is part of employment law in Australia
Under this act, it is illegal to treat an employee less fairly because they have a disability. This also extends to employees who have relatives, friends, co-workers, or associates of a person with a disability.
What the act considers to be a ‘disability’ applies to not only physical disorders but also intellectual, sensory, neurological, and psychiatric disorders as well.
For this reason, it is important to remember you cannot discriminate against candidates and new hires based on their disability, and that you must – as far is reasonably practicable– accommodate a disabled employee.