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We'd love to hear your stories about diversity in Canberra. Sharing via social media using the #diversitygoeswith will ensure everyone hears your story, but you can also contact us using this form. 

Anonymous Information/Report

You can also use this form to anonymously notify us about issues of concern. The ACT Human Rights Commission encourages residents of Canberra to notify us about any serious instances of discrimination or  vilification. 

Anonymous information you provide may assist in delivering the services and support to those who really need them. Please provide as much detail as you can about what happened, including where it occurred and when it happened. This will aid us to better understand what you are reporting. 

Make a Formal Complaint Instead? 

An anonymous report made using this form is not the same as making a formal complaint to us. We may be able to resolve your concerns if you choose to make a complaint, and there is more information about our complaint handling role on our discrimination webpage.

Please note, if you choose to use this form to provide anonymous information, rather than  a formal complaint via our discrimination webpage, we cannot tell you the outcome of our investigation of your concerns. 

           

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The stats

According to the 2011 census:

  • Nearly a third (28.6%) of Canberrans were born overseas
  • A fifth (18%) speak a language other than English at home
  • 1.5% of ACT residents identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

According to survey research in 2007 completed by the Challenging Racism Project at the University of Western Sydney:

  • 95% of ACT respondents believed cultural diversity was a good thing, and a mere 1.7% disagreed.

However,

  • A quarter of ACT respondents felt that Australia could be weakened by cultural retention among ethnic minorities, although in the other states that level of agreement was at about 40%.
  • ACT respondents were never the least likely, across any of the spheres of life, to have experienced racism. In all of the spheres of life the ACT respondents were more likely to have experienced racism than their peers in at least one other state.
  • ACT respondents were the most likely to have suffered disrespect based on their ethnic origin, although only at a marginally higher rate than for the other states (23.5% ACT versus 22% rest).
  • However, ACT respondents had a substantially higher likelihood of exposure to racism in the sphere of education. The rate in ACT was 20.3% whereas it was only 15% in NSW/Qld, 16% in South Australia, and 17% in Victoria). 
  • Further, over 40% of respondents revealed some degree of concern regarding out-marriage of a close friend or relative to someone of Muslim faith, nearly double the rate for the group of second most concern – persons of Aboriginal background (21.4%).

Based on ACT HRC data

  • Race discrimination and vilification complaints combined after being either the top or second top area of complaint to the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner in recent years.