The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, which plays an important role in preventing discrimination and promoting social inclusion in Queensland, is undergoing a long-overdue review.
Our response to this public consultation was informed by our extensive knowledge of the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Sector in Queensland, and conversations with our members who work with marginalised people and communities at increased risk of experiencing discrimination.
In this submission to the Queensland Human Rights Commission, QAMH calls for:
- A change to the definition of gender identity to more accurately reflect the broad range of genders existing in society
- Repeal of the ‘working with children’ exemption
- Additional protections for LGBTIQ+ employees at religious schools
- A move away from the focus on ‘impairment’ and ‘disability’ which is diametrically opposed to a wellness and recovery framework
- Provisions for the right to access culturally appropriate services for diverse communities
- A review of insurance company exemptions