Section 44 of the Sex Discrimination Act Cth "the Act" gives the Commission the power to grant temporary exemptions from certain provisions of the Act. Temporary exemptions may be granted for up to five years at a time and may be granted subject to specified terms and conditions. The effect of a temporary exemption is that discrimination covered by the exemption is not unlawful under the Act while the exemption remains in force.
The Equality Act  is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom with the primary purpose of consolidating, updating and supplementing the numerous prior Acts and Regulations, that formed the basis of anti-discrimination law in Great Britain. These consisted, primarily, the Equal Pay Actthe Sex Discrimination Actthe Race Relations Actthe Disability Discrimination Act and three major statutory instruments protecting discrimination in employment on grounds of religion or beliefsexual orientation and age. The act has broadly the same goals as the four major EU Equal Treatment Directiveswhose provisions it mirrors and implements .
The SDA makes it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status, pregnancy or potential pregnancy, breastfeeding and family responsibilities in certain areas of public life, including:. The SDA also includes provisions that provide that in certain circumstances discrimination will not be unlawful. The exemption does not apply to acts or practices connected with the provision of Commonwealth-funded aged care; however, it can apply to the employment of people to provide Commonwealth-funded aged care.
The Anti-Discrimination Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their sex. Sex discrimination can be direct or indirect. Direct discrimination is treating a person less favourably because of their sex than someone of a different sex, in similar circumstances.
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Major Issues. This paper sets out the situation in of State and Territory sex discrimination legislation. All jurisdictions have enacted general anti-discriminaiton legislation that includes provisions prohibiting different forms of sex discrimination, except for Tasmania which has a specific sex discrimination act only.
There are some circumstances when being treated differently due to sex is lawful. The Equality Act says you must not be discriminated against because:. In the Equality Act, sex can mean either male or female, or a group of people like men or boys, or women or girls.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the right of religious schools to discriminate against gay students in a political row over a confidential government report into religious freedom. Mr Morrison played down the storm over the report by pointing to existing law that allows religious schools to discriminate against some staff and students. The Prime Minister stood by this power in the face of a fierce debate over whether church groups and religious schools should continue to hold exemptions from discrimination law on the grounds of personal conscience.
An example of this is recruiting a woman to clean female toilets or a man to clean male toilets. For example, English language classes that are only for people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Specific exceptions like these allow you to favour a particular group in particular situations, and therefore exclude and discriminate against other groups. There is no need for you to apply for an exemption in these circumstances.