(1) In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:
"Aboriginal" means a person who is a descendant of an indigenous inhabitant of Australia but does not include a Torres Strait Islander.
"Commission" means the Australian Human Rights Commission.
"Commissioner" means the Race Discrimination Commissioner appointed under section 29.
"Commonwealth agency" means an agency within the meaning of the Privacy Act 1988 .
"Convention" means the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination that was opened for signature on 21 December 1965 and entered into force on 2 January 1969, being the Convention a copy of the English text of which is set out in the Schedule.
"dispose" includes sell, assign, lease, let, sub-lease, sub-let, license or mortgage, and also includes agree to dispose and grant consent to the disposal of.
"employment" includes work under a contract for services, and cognate expressions have corresponding meanings.
"President" means President of the Commission.
"principal executive" , in relation to a Commonwealth agency, has the same meaning as in Part V of the Privacy Act 1988 .
"relative" , in relation to a person, means a person who is related to the first-mentioned person by blood, marriage, affinity or adoption and includes a person who is wholly or mainly dependent on, or is a member of the household of, the first-mentioned person.
"residential accommodation" includes accommodation in a dwelling-house, flat, hotel, motel or boarding-house or on a camping ground.
"services" includes services consisting of the provision of facilities by way of banking or insurance or of facilities for grants, loans, credit or finance.
"Torres Strait Islander" means a person who is a descendant of an indigenous inhabitant of the Torres Strait Islands.
"vehicle" includes a ship, an aircraft and a hovercraft.
(2) A reference in this Act to an Australian ship or aircraft shall be construed as a reference to a ship or aircraft registered in Australia or belonging to or in the possession of the Commonwealth or a State.
(3) For the purposes of this Act, refusing or failing to do an act shall be deemed to be the doing of an act and a reference to an act includes a reference to such a refusal or failure.
(4) A reference in this Act to the doing of an act by a person includes a reference to the doing of an act by a person in association with other persons.