Grants and Funded Projects

ADLEG members have been successful in applying for grants and funded research focused on equality and discrimination law. This funding allows ADLEG members to undertake long-term, in-depth research that greatly assists the development of equality and discrimination law in Australia. Much of this research is empirical and can only be completed with adequate funding support.

A selection of grants and funded research awarded to members of ADLEG are detailed below.

Knowledge Exchange - Gender Equality Laws in Vietnam

A team including ADLEG members Anne Hewitt, Alysia Blackham and Robin Banks delivered an Australia Awards Short Course: Knowledge Exchange on Gender Equality Law with officials and policy makers from the Government of Vietnam. The aim of the knowledge exchange is to increase understanding and consensus among the participants on the importance and urgency of legal reforms to achieve gender equality. 

Addressing Age Discrimination in Employment

This original, internationally significant research aims to address a critical gap in Australian discrimination and equality law scholarship. While demographic ageing necessitates extending working lives, few have questioned the effectiveness of Australian age discrimination laws in supporting this ambition. This project draws on mixed methods and comparative UK experiences to offer new empirical and theoretical insights into Australian age discrimination law. Intended outcomes include a comprehensive empirical dataset and a normative model for legal reform in Australia, to inform public policy and debate and improve our ability to respond to demographic ageing, thereby offering economic, health and social benefits. Further details at

EEO in a Culture of Uncertainty

Laying the Foundation for Gender Equality in the Public Sector in Victoria

Religious Freedom, LGBT+ Employees, and the Right to Discriminate

This research aims to identify constructive strategies to manage religious freedom and LGBT+ rights in religiously affiliated workplaces in education, health care, and social welfare. The project will carefully describe workplace experiences, religious beliefs, and current legislation associated with religious freedom and LGBT+ rights. It will evaluate different policies and managerial practices in terms of their impact on religious practitioners and LGBT+ workers. The research combines systematic empirical research with legal and philosophical analysis. It will produce findings that policy makers and religiously affiliated social service providers can immediately use to guide their responses to religious freedom and LGBT+ rights.

Reshaping Employment Discrimination Law: Towards Substantive Equality at Work?

The Australian employment discrimination law system comprises long standing anti-discrimination law and novel discrimination provisions from the Fair Work Act 2009. This project studies the operation and effectiveness of the reshaped system, to assess whether it is likely to be effective in supporting a more substantive version of equality at work.

Sexual Harassment Law Reform in Australia

The Legal Regulation of Behaviour as a Disability

People who exhibit socially challenging behaviour are increasingly defined in law as having a disability. This project addresses the problem of how law should respond to this growing cohort, a problem made more acute as advances in genetics and the brain sciences expand the set of socially unacceptable behaviours that are identified as biologically based. Using case studies of the regulation of genetic screening of embryos for disability and the application of disability discrimination law to behavioural traits, this project will determine, how, if at all, the law should regulate variant personality and behaviour.