RMLV: Anti-discrimination

Responsible Management of Licensed VenuesLiquor licensees and approved managers must have a broad knowledge and understanding of the legislation which affects their business.

A quick overview is provided on anti-discrimination legislation for liquor licensees.


The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to treat a person unfairly because of their :

  • Sex

  • Relationship or parental status

  • Race

  • Religious belief or activity

  • Political belief or activity

  • Impairment

  • Trade union activity

  • Lawful sexual activity

  • Pregnancy

  • Breastfeeding needs

  • Family responsibilities

  • Gender identity

  • Sexuality

  • Age

It is also against the law to treat a person unfairly because they are linked to someone from one of these groups.

Race discrimination means a person is treated less favourably, because of their race. Sometimes, this unfair treatment can be against the law. Under the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 race has a broad meaning, and includes colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

Race discrimination is against the law for a range of activities. The more relevant for licensees are if a person is:

  • Purchasing goods or services in shops, hotels, cafes or other places

  • Applying for employment or employed at licensed premises

  • Renting accommodation or motel room

Further information and resources is available from: www.adcq.qld.gov.au. for Licensees and approved managers.