Exceptions to EO Act

Sometimes, discrimination is ok.

The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 recognises that in some circumstances it is ok to discriminate in
favour of a particular group of people in the area of employment.

These are called Exceptions.  These exceptions can be broadly described in two groups:

  1. when a characteristic such as race or sex is a genuine qualification for the job, and
  2. when an employer is wishing to provide employment opportunities or put in place measures intended to achieve equality, for a group with specified characteristics.

Exceptions are set out within the clauses relating to each ground in the Act.  Most commonly used are those under race, sex and impairment.

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