Information for Indigenous Australians

Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Service

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Service - has offices in Hobart and Launceston and provide legal services, advice and representation across the state. Their team is made up of experienced lawyers, client service officers from community and dedicated administrative staff.  They strive to:

  • Promote social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Promote the right of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to empowerment, identity and culture;
  • Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy their rights, are aware of their responsibilities under the law and have access to appropriate advice, assistance and representation;
  • Reduce the disproportionate involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system; and
  • Promote the review of legislation and other practices which discriminate against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Call them on Free Call 1800 064 865.

Discrimination

Equal Opportunity Tasmania aims to foster a society free of discrimination, prejudice, bias and prohibited conduct by administering the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas). Call them on 1300 305 062 or check out other ways to contact them on their website.

Know your rights

The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent third party which investigates complaints about discrimination and breaches of human rights.  You can make a complaint to them online via their website or find out more information about knowing your rights.

Complaints under Racial Discrimination Act

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) makes it against the law to treat you unfairly because of your race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status. The Act also makes racial hatred against the law.

You can use the RDA to get fair treatment in many areas of public life such as:

  • Employment – getting a job, terms and conditions of a job, training, promotion, being dismissed.
  • Education – enrolling or studying in a course at a private or public school, college or university.
  • Accommodation – renting or buying a house or unit.
  • Getting or using services – such as banking or insurance services, services provided by government departments, transport or telecommunication services, professional services like those provided by lawyers, doctors or tradespeople, services provided by restaurants, shops or entertainment venues.
  • Accessing public places – such as parks, government offices, restaurants, hotels or shopping centres.

Find out more on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Australian Government services

Find out more on the Australian Government Department of Human Services website about ABSTUDY, payments and support for Indigenous Australians.

If you want to make a complaint about Centerlink, Child Support or Medicare, you can find out information about how to do that on their website.