Discrimination & Legal Rights

Avoiding discrimination

The NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person on several grounds including disability. The legal definition of disability includes mental illness. This legislation requires organisations to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of workers with mental illness.

Other legal and human rights

There is quite a range of legislation which touches on aspects of mental health in the workplace. The Australian Human Rights Commission has developed an on-line guide called Workers with Mental Illness: A Practical Guide for ManagersAppendix A of this guide provides a useful summary of the legal framework applying to mental health in the workplace.  

If you want more detailed information about the legal and human rights that apply to mental health, it can be found on the Mental Health Coordinating Council website.