2SER: An appropriate cost model for Commonwealth discrimination cases

The Federal Government is looking at changing unfair laws that discourage people from taking a discrimination or sexual harassment complaint to court.

Their review is in response to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment and its Respect@Work report, which revealed that people aren’t taking those complaints to court because of the financial risk of having a ‘costs order’ made against them.

Any changes to the law that come out of the review will apply to all federal discrimination complaints, so it could have wide-ranging effects.

PIAC has made a joint submission to the review with Grata Fund. 

Senior Solicitor Mitchell Skipsey joined 2SER Breakfast to discuss how and why laws relating to ‘costs orders’ need to change.


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