South Australia's Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (the Act) currently provides protection against discrimination in employment on a number of grounds and has been particularly responsive to complaints regarding discrimination related to pregnancy and disability at work.
Recent changes to the Act provide employees with broader support of their caring responsibilities.
For South Australians balancing work and caring, the Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with caring responsibilities in areas of public life, including employment as well as in education, goods and services, accommodation and clubs and associations.
This includes indirect discrimination - such as setting requirements that are too difficult for a carer to meet.
This provision will protect parents returning to work after the birth of a child as well as workers who have responsibility for the care of an elderly family member or a family member with a disability.
Read more about new protection for carers.