Towards a unified Equality Act: Why this matters for business

The Australian Government has decided to consolidate federal anti-discrimination laws into a single, comprehensive law, and is seeking community views on this until 1 February 2012. 

The consolidation project aims to reduce complexity and inconsistency in regulation; ensure simple, cost-effective mechanisms for resolving discrimination complaints; and clarify and enhance protections. 

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre and law firm King & Wood Mallesons held a seminar on 1 December 2011 on the proposed consolidation of federal anti-discrimination legislation. The seminar considered why this reform would be good for business. 

Hosted by Neil Cockroft (Head of Diversity, King & Wood Mallesons), the panelists  at the seminar were Matt Hall (Assistant Secretary, International Law and Human Rights Division of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department), Edward Santow (CEO of PIAC) and Nareen Young (CEO of Diversity Council Australia).

Click here to download the seminar briefing note prepared by PIAC and King & Wood Mallesons on why business should be involved in this reform process. Further information can be found at

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