ADNSW services available as overseas conflict impacts people in NSW

Published 16 November 2023

The State’s anti-discrimination authority, Anti-Discrimination NSW (ADNSW), has reminded the NSW community about its free confidential services, as the conflict in the Middle East continues to affect people in NSW.

President of ADNSW Helen McKenzie acknowledged that whenever conflict or crisis occurs overseas, there are people in NSW who are affected and may be hurting.

“For many people, this is not a distant overseas issue, but something that directly impacts family, friends and loved ones.

“At such times, respect and kindness are more important than ever and we strongly condemn anyone who incites violence or hatred within the community,” Ms McKenzie said.

Ms McKenzie is encouraging anyone who has experienced race discrimination, racial vilification or religious vilification in NSW to contact ADNSW.

“ADNSW works to eliminate discrimination in NSW by resolving enquiries and complaints and raising awareness about discrimination.

“If you feel that you have been discriminated against or vilified, you can lodge a written complaint.

“We will work with the parties to find a way to resolve the complaint.”

ADNSW services are free, impartial and confidential.

Vilification that threatens or incites violence is a criminal offence and should be referred to the police.

Anti-Discrimination NSW is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, and has experienced enquiries officers ready to take your call.

“You can call 1800 670 812 and speak to an enquiries officer before lodging a complaint. They can explain the complaints process and the information required. Additionally, you can report incidents online through our website.”

Last updated:

05 Dec 2023

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