Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

Where can discrimination occur?

Discrimination is unlawful if it happens in the following areas:


You are  protected from discrimination in the workforce by law, including full time, part time, casual or contract work. You’re also covered while on  probation.

All stages of employment are covered by Territory law, from job advertisements, applications and job offers, to probation periods and promotions, training, transfers and dismissal.

Goods, services and facilities

All Territorians have equal rights when accessing goods, services and facilities. Discrimination happens if someone withholds these things from you on the  grounds of race, age, sex or another attribute. Offering different terms  and conditions on these grounds is also illegal.

This area includes:

  • shops and restaurants
  • transport and travel
  • sale and leasing of land
  • any profession, trade or business
  • access to and use of public places
  • councils and government departments
  • entertainment, sport and recreation
  • banking, hire purchase and finance companies
  • accommodation
  • education
  • registered clubs that serve alcohol
  • insurance and superannuation.


Whether you are renting a room or staying in a holiday unit, everyone should be treated  fairly when accessing accommodation. It’s against the law to deny someone a place to live or stay on the grounds of race, age, sex or another attribute. The law includes:

  • applications for accommodation
  • sale terms and conditions
  • waiting lists.

The law  doesn’t cover renting rooms to people in the home where you live.


All Territorians have the right to equal access to education. It’s against the law  to refuse entry to a course, facility or benefit, or to expel a student on the grounds of an attribute, such as race, gender or age.

Single sex schools are allowed to select male or female only students and religious schools may limit enrolment to students of that religion.

Insurance and superannuation

It may be against  the law to refuse someone insurance or superannuation on the grounds of an attribute such as race, age or sex, unless this is based on statistical information or is permitted by law.


It can be illegal to refuse someone membership to a club on the grounds of race, age, sex or another attribute. Keep in mind, clubs are allowed to cater for specific groups of people, such as an age, ethnic or gender group, or for people with physical or intellectual impairments.

A club must have more than 30 members and serve alcohol.

Discrimination that happens in the home or in your private life isn’t covered by the Act.