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What laws protect me from being treated differently (discrimination)?

Every day we make decisions about what we do, how we will do it and who we will do it with.  Some people like football, and some people like movies.  Some people live in families, some people live alone, or with friends.

It is very important that we can all make decisions about what we want. But there are some things in life we all need. The law tries to make sure we all have a chance to get them.  When we do some things (like getting a job, going to school or buying things) the law says that we should all be treated equally (the same).

Whether you are young or old you need to be able to buy food.  Whether you are male or female you need to be able to go to school.  Whether you have a disability or not, you need to be able to find a job.

The laws about this are the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 for Victoria and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 for all of Australia.  These laws both say that discrimination against people with a disability is not OK (illegal).

You can use these laws to help if you think you have been discriminated against. Being discriminated against means being treated differently from other people in a way that isn’t fair.  Generally you can only choose to use one law to complain about one problem. You can’t use both laws to complain about the same problem.