An inquiry into whether persons from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal people are being discriminated against on the basis of their race either directly or indirectly in the private housing rental market.
In 2008 the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity commenced an inquiry into whether people from minority racial groups (in particular Aboriginal people) experience discrimination (direct or indirect) on the basis of their race in the private rental housing market.
The inquiry was conducted through submissions from organisations who deal regularly with issues of tenancy and through stories of the individual Aboriginal and ethnic minority people who believe they have suffered less favourable treatment in the private rental housing market. The Commissioner also invited comment from any other interested persons or groups, including representatives from the real estate industry.
The inquiry examined the possible causes and appropriate remedies for addressing any race-based discrimination identified in the private rental housing market, including liaison and consultation with the private rental industry where appropriate.
The report of the inquiry Accommodating Everyone was launched on 22 June 2009.
The Commissioner has pursued a number of the recommendations of the report such as direct submission to the Real Estate and Business Agents Supervisory Board about extension to the compulsory anti-discrimination training of agents and property managers and also by making a written submission on the proposal for national standardisation of residential tenancy databases.
In September 2009 the Commission joined the monitoring committee on the implementation of the recommendations of Accommodating Everyone which was jointly convened by the Office of Multicultural Interests and Department of Indigenous Affairs. This Committee has a broad representation of relevant state and commonwealth government agencies, non-government organisations and real estate industry representation.
The report of outcomes of the implementation process was released in March 2011.
Publications and related documents
The following brochures summarise the rights and responsibilities for applicants for accommodation, tenants, property agents and owners.
Applicants and tenants Accommodation - know your rights as an applicant and tenant Accommodation know your rights as an applicant and tenant
Property owners and agents