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Disability discrimination is treating people unfairly because of their disability.

A disability includes a physical or mental illness, a learning or intellectual disability, a genetic predisposition to develop a particular illness and the state of having or carrying an infection, whether or not it is symptomatic. It also includes a disability that a person had in the past or may develop in the future.

South Australian law also covers access to premises for people with disability.


Andrew was refused entry to a dance club because his slurred speech made him appear drunk. He tried to explain he had cerebral palsy but he was still turned away. Andrew could claim he was discriminated against because of his physical disability.


A firm withdrew Neville's job offer after a medical test showed his intellectual disability meant he would need more learning time when he started. Neville could claim he was discriminated against by the firm because of his intellectual disability.

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