Age Discrimination Act 2004

The Age Discrimination Act 2004 is an Act of the Parliament of Australia that prohibits age discrimination in many areas including employment, education, accommodation and the provision of goods and services. Persons of any age can be discriminated against within the meaning of the act.[2]

Age Discrimination Act 2004
Australian Coat of Arms
Parliament of Australia
  • An Act relating to discrimination on the ground of age
CitationAge Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth)
Enacted byHouse of Representatives
Enacted bySenate
Royal assent22 June 2004
Commenced23 June 2004
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the House of RepresentativesAge Discrimination Bill 2003
Introduced byDaryl Williams[1]
First reading26 June 2003
Second reading26 November 2003
Third reading26 November 2003
Bill introduced in the SenateAge Discrimination Bill 2003
First reading1 December 2003
Second reading3 December 2003
Third reading29 March 2004
Amended by
Age Discrimination Amendment Act 2006 (Cth)
Related legislation
Age Discrimination (Consequential Provisions) Act 2004 (Cth)
Status: In force

Some exemptions are provided, including for religious organisations, charitable organisations and positive discrimination.

Complaints of discrimination must first be made to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), where a conciliation process can be initiated. Filing a complaint is free.[3] If the complaint is not resolved through the conciliation process, it can be taken to the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court.

In general, age discrimination is not a criminal offence. However, the Act creates criminal offences of discriminatory advertising, victimisation and failure to disclose statistical or actuarial data upon request by the President of the AHRC. [4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Roadmap to ADA: The Age Discrimination Act 2004", Joanna Hemingway, 2007.
  2. ^ "Federal Discrimination Law". Lewis Silkin LLP. 27 September 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Complaints under the Age Discrimination Act", Australian Human Rights Commission.
  4. ^ "Federal Discrimination Law" (PDF). Australian Human Rights Commission. 21 October 2011. Section 2.1.4. Retrieved 11 December 2015.