Ryan v Commissioner of Police, NSW Police Force [2022] FCAFC 36 (16 March 2022) (Griffiths, Rangiah and Perry JJ)


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HUMAN RIGHTS – Disability discrimination in employment – Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) – appeal from a single judge of the Federal Court of Australia – whether revocation of appellant’s position in NSW Police Force constituted direct discrimination – whether primary judge erred in finding there was no decision by first respondent to revoke appellant’s position – whether revocation of appellant’s position constituted indirect discrimination – where primary judge erred in finding the first respondent did not require appellant to comply with a requirement or condition – where appellant was an “employee” within s 15(2) of the Disability Discrimination Act.

INDUSTRIAL LAW – Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW) – where revocation of appellant’s position was governed under industrial award – whether primary judge erred in finding that revocation was compelled by the Award – where decision to revoke appointment was not so compelled.

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION – Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) – construction of the terms “employee” and “employer” in s 15(2) of the Disability Discrimination Act – Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW) – interpretation of industrial award – whether agreement was made under s 87 of the Police Act 1990 (NSW) – where Guidelines were not made under s 87 of the Police Act – whether discretion to revoke appointment was conferred by Award and Guidelines – where primary judge erred in finding Award compelled revocation of the appellant’s appointment.