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Age Discrimination Bill 2004

Part 6 Functions of Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

   

53   Functions of the Commission

             (1)  The following functions are conferred on the Commission:

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

                     (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, and (when requested to do so by the Minister) proposed enactments, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the enactments or proposed enactments are, or would be, inconsistent with or contrary to the objects of this Act, and to report to the Minister the results of any such examination;

                     (e)  on its own initiative or when requested by 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 age;

                      (f)  to prepare, and to publish in the manner the Commission considers appropriate, guidelines for avoiding discrimination on the ground of age;

                     (g)  where the Commission thinks it appropriate to do so, with the leave of the court hearing the proceedings and subject to any conditions imposed by the court, to intervene in proceedings that involve issues of discrimination on the ground of age;

                     (h)  to do anything incidental or conducive to the performance of any of the preceding functions.

Note:          For the provisions about inquiries into complaints of discrimination and conciliation of those complaints: see Part IIB of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 .

             (2)  In this section:

enactment has the same meaning as in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 .

proposed enactment has the same meaning as in the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 .