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DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 1992 - SECT 7

Discrimination in relation to associates

             (1)  This Act applies in relation to a person who has an associate with a disability in the same way as it applies in relation to a person with the disability.

Example:    It is unlawful, under section 15, for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the ground of a disability of any of the employee's associates.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), but without limiting that subsection, this Act has effect in relation to a person who has an associate with a disability as if:

                     (a)  each reference to something being done or needed because of a disability were a reference to the thing being done or needed because of the fact that the person has an associate with the disability; and

                     (b)  each other reference to a disability were a reference to the disability of the associate.

             (3)  This section does not apply to section 53 or 54 (combat duties and peacekeeping services) or subsection 54A(2) or (3) (assistance animals).

Note:          The combined effect of sections 7 and 8 is that this Act applies in relation to a person who has an associate who has a carer, assistant, assistance animal or disability aid in the same way as it applies in relation to a person with a disability.



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