Communtity Law Manual | Discrimination | Going to the Human Rights Review Tribunal

Taking action: What you can do if you're discriminated against

Going to the Human Rights Review Tribunal

Human Rights Act 1993, ss 90-92K

The Tribunal is independent of the Human Rights Commission. It has the powers of a court and its proceedings are generally open to the public. Each side of the dispute has the opportunity to present their case. The Tribunal will then make a decision about whether the Human Rights Act 1993 has been breached and, if so, what should be done about it.

Will it cost me anything to take my case to the Tribunal?

If the Office of Human Rights Proceedings (OHRP) has decided to take your case to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, the OHRP will provide you with legal representation free of charge. You will not need to hire a lawyer yourself.

If the OHRP doesn't take the case for you, you can still go to the Tribunal, but you'll have to pay the costs of getting a lawyer yourself.

What can the Human Rights Review Tribunal do about my complaint?

The Tribunal can order the other party:

  • to pay you damages (money) for:
    • any financial loss you've suffered
    • the loss of any benefit, whether financial or non-financial, that you might otherwise have had
    • any humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings that you've suffered
  • not to continue or repeat the discrimination
  • to do particular things to put right any loss or damage you've suffered.
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