It is against the law in NSW to discriminate against a person because of his or her responsibilities as a carer, including as a carer of a person with a The term mental health condition is a broad term that refers to symptoms that may be caused by life events, genetic factors or birth defects. They can be temporary or lifelong and include mood, anxiety, personality, psychotic and compulsive disorders. It includes, but is not limited to those conditions and symptoms recognised as constituting mental illness under the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW).. This particularly applies to discrimination in the workplace.
The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board has a fact sheet that sets out your rights as a carer. Click here for the fact sheet.
Please note that the definition of carer under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) is much narrower than the definition of carer used elsewhere in this Manual.
The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) prohibits discrimination against people who:
The fact sheet from the Anti-Discrimination Board lists all of the people considered to be immediate family members under the Act.
If you are treated unfairly or discriminated against because of your responsibility to care for a person whose relationship to you is not included in the list of ‘immediate family members’ in the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW), the law will not apply.
Updated September 9, 2015