One of the functions of NCAT's Administrative and Equal Opportunity Division is to resolve complaints referred to it by the President of the Anti-Discrimination Board. These complaints are about alleged breaches of the
Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. They relate to discrimination, harassment, victimisation and vilification.
Other functions include:
You cannot lodge a complaint directly to NCAT. If you believe that someone has breached the
Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, you must first complain to the Anti-Discrimination Board. Visit the Anti-Discrimination Board website for more information about the complaint process.
If the Anti-Discrimination Board has declined your complaint, you can request the President of the Anti-Discrimination Board to refer the complaint to the Tribunal. If that happens, the matter will be listed for a "leave hearing" so that the Tribunal can decide whether to give you permission for the complaint to go ahead.
If you and the other party came to an agreement after conciliation at the Anti-Discrimination Board, and the other party has not fulfilled their side of the agreement, NCAT may be able to help. You can
apply to NCAT for the agreement to be registered. If the agreement is registered it can be enforced as if it is an order of the Tribunal.
NCAT can review a decision made by the President of the ADB about exemptions from the
Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. The granting of an exemption means that the Act will not apply to a person, a group of people, or an activity.
To apply to NCAT for a review of an exemption decision, you must either be the person who applied for the exemption or a person who is directly affected by the exemption decision. You can apply to NCAT for a review of:
Find out more about
how to apply for review of an exemption decision.
For more information about Anti-Discrimination Act complaints see Steps in a discrimination matter.