The Sex Discrimination Act 1984, is a law passed by the Australian Parliament in 1984. The law was created to make CEDAW part of Australian National Law.
The objectives of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 are to ensure equality for women and to eradicate sex discrimination in Australia.
If a woman has been sexually discriminated against, or not treated equally, she can use this Act to make a claim in Court.
Women, who feel they have been unfairly treated because they are women, can seek advice from either the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, or the Women’s Legal Service in their State or Territory.
2004 was the 20th anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission is using this as a chance to raise awareness about the law, and to assess how useful it has been for women. To find out more visit their website at: http://www.hreoc.gov.au