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The Disability Discrimination Act (Australia): Time for Change

30 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2005  

Glenn Patmore

Melbourne Law School


The Australian Parliament enacted the Disability Discrimination Act ("DDA") in 1992. This article explores how effectively the DDA eliminates discrimination against people with disabilities in the employment context. It addresses some key problems with the DDA by considering the need for reform of the purposes, definitions, prohibitions, exemptions, and remedies of disability discrimination provided for in the Act. One of the aims of the article is to assess some key findings and recommendations of a Productivity Commission's report, entitled, "Review of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992," taking legislative developments and judicial interpretation of the Act into account. The paper concludes that there is a compelling case for reform of the key provisions of the DDA to better promote the protections against employment discrimination and enhance the equality of people with disabilities in the employment context.

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Patmore, Glenn, The Disability Discrimination Act (Australia): Time for Change. Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 533-562, Summer 2003 (published December 28, 2004). Available at SSRN:

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