Intellectual disabilities are covered by the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act.

The Act makes it against the law to discriminate against a person because of their intellectual disability. There are some limited exceptions and exemptions.

Discrimination is against the law in many areas of public life including: employment, education, getting or using services, renting or buying a house or unit and accessing public places or facilities.

Example: A man who has an intellectual disability was refused access to a bar because staff mistakenly thought he was intoxicated. This could be disability discrimination.

It is not unlawful to discriminate against an employee on the basis of their disability if the person cannot perform the inherent requirements of a job after reasonable adjustments have been made.