Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is a non departmental public body established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998. 

Our powers and duties derive from a number of statutes which have been enacted over the last decades, providing protection against discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race, religion and political opinion, sex and sexual orientation.

In general terms our statutory remit provides that we are to:

  • promote equality of opportunity and affirmative action
  • work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination and harassment
  • keep relevant legislation under review
  • promote good relations between persons of different racial groups and good disability practice
  • oversee the effectiveness of statutory equality duties on public authorities


The Commission’s services include:

  • Giving advice and support to individuals with potential complaints under the anti-discrimination legislation
  • Giving guidance to employers and service providers about their obligations under the law and good practice
  • Encouraging public authorities to promote equality of opportunity and address inequalities in fulfilling their equality and good relations duties
  • Ensuring that equality considerations are central to decision-making by focusing particular attention in a number of key public policy areas.

Contact Details

NICVA will not disclose any contact details further to those published by the organisation below.


Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Equality House
7-9 Shaftesbury Square
Co Antrim
United Kingdom


028 9050 0600


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