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Part 7—Functions of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Part 7 Functions of the Australian Human Rights Commission

   

61   Functions of the Commission

                   The following functions are conferred on the Commission:

                     (a)  to exercise the powers conferred on it by section 44 (about granting exemptions);

                     (b)  to promote an understanding and acceptance of, and compliance with, this Act;

                     (c)  to undertake research and educational programs, and other programs, on behalf of the Commonwealth for the purpose of promoting the objects of this Act;

                     (d)  to examine enactments (within the meaning of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ) to determine whether those enactments are inconsistent with or contrary to the objects of this Act;

                     (e)  at the request of the Minister, to examine proposed enactments (within the meaning of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 ) to determine whether those enactments would be inconsistent with or contrary to the objects of this Act;

                      (f)  to report to the Minister the result of examinations conducted for the purposes of paragraph (d) or (e);

                     (g)  on its own initiative or at the request of the Minister, to report to the Minister as to the laws that should be made by the Parliament, or action that should be taken by the Commonwealth, on matters relating to discrimination on the ground of religious belief or activity;

                     (h)  to prepare and publish guidelines for avoiding discrimination on the ground of religious belief or activity;

                      (i)  where the Commission considers it appropriate, with the leave of the court conducting the proceedings and subject to any conditions imposed by the court, to intervene in proceedings that involve issues of discrimination on the ground of religious belief or activity;

                      (j)  to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the above functions.