Discrimination occurs when a person, or a group of people, is treated less favourably than another person or group because of their background or certain personal characteristics. This is known as 'direct discrimination'.

It is also discrimination when a rule or policy applies to everyone but has the effect of disadvantaging some people because of a personal characteristic they share. This is known as ‘indirect discrimination’.

Discrimination is against the law in South Australia when it:

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Examples of discrimination

Direct discrimination

An employer refused to hire a suitably qualified person as a shop assistant because they were Aboriginal, and instead hired a less qualified person of a different racial background.

This could be racial discrimination.

Indirect discrimination example

A policy that says only full-time workers will get access to professional development.

This could discriminate against women who are more likely to work part-time to accommodate their family responsibilities.