Current exemptions

Applying for a review of an exemption decision

You may apply to the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal if you want the Commissioner's exemption decision reviewed. This must be done within 28 days of when the exemption notice was published in the Tasmanian Government Gazette.

The exemptions below are listed with the most recently Gazetted at the top.

Relationships Australia Tasmania

Relationships Australia Tasmania

Exemption no: 17/11/019

Date granted: 16/11/2017

Date of expiry: 07/11/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 22/11/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections Sections 25, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit Relationships Australia Tasmania to recruit and employ one women practitioner to work in the Men Engaging in New Strategies ('MENS') Program to be based in the south of the state, to enable the program to be facilitated by a team of one man and one women.

Launceston Women's Shelter

Launceston Women's Shelter

Exemption no: 17/10/036

Date granted: 16/11/2017

Date of expiry: 16/11/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 22/11/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections Sections 25, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit Launceston Women's Shelter (Inc) to recruit and employ women only in the identified positions of Manager, Response/Tenancy Worker, Women's Support Worker, Family Support Worker, On-Call Worker, Relief Worker, Finance Officer, Administrative Assistant and Cleaner.

TasTAFE

Department of Education - TasTAFE

Exemption no: 17/10/022

Date granted: 15/11/2017

Date of expiry: 15/11/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 22/11/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit TasTAFE to advertise for and enrol female students in a pilot programme offered by TasTAFE as one of three Certificate III courses in Information Digital Media Technology (ICT) specifically designed for female participants.

Kingborough Council

Kingborough Council

Exemption no: 17/10/028

Date granted: 30/10/2017

Date of expiry: 30/10/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 15/11/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit the Kingborough Council to provide a support program specifically for young men aged 13-15 who are at risk of disengaging from school or who have disengaged partially or completely.

Women's Health Tasmania Inc

Women's Health Tasmania Inc

Exemption no: 17/08/036

Date granted: 08/09/2017

Date of expiry: 08/09/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 20/09/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Women's Health Tasmania Inc to provide services to women only and for the benefit of women; recruit and employ women to work for the organisation; recruit women to the Board of Governance; and provide facilities to women and women's groups on the basis that:

  • Women's Health Tasmania Inc has been offering women only services since the 1980s and is considered a safe place for women especially those vulnerable to health inequity.
  • Women use the services because they will not encounter men. For some women this is important because they have experienced violence and abuse by men, and for other women they have a preference to see female health workers.

Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning Inc auspicing Students Against Racism

Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning Inc auspicing Students Against Racism

Exemption no: 17/08/008

Date granted: 23/08/2017

Date of expiry: 21/10/2017

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 30/08/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(f)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning Inc auspicing Students Against Racism to advertise and host 4 women-only events called Women's Business on the basis that:

  • The Women's Business events encourage and support women of migrant, refugee and/or asylum seeker backgrounds to participate and celebrate their cultural differences through fashion and performances without fear of disrespecting their culture; and
  • Respecting the participating women's cultures by excluding men from attending the Women's Business events.

Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc

Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc

Exemption no: 17/07/005

Date granted: 18/08/2017

Date of expiry: 18/08/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 23/08/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc to advertise, recruit and employ people based on their cultural background and language on the basis that:

  • This is to support specific communities in accessing services, information and support that the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc is funded to supply; and
  • By employing a member of a specific community, it will increase the quality of communication, learning and relationships with the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc for other members of that particular community; and
  • The specific positions this exemption applies to are Projects Bicultural Workers, Traineeships (Administration, Community Services); Community Guides; and Interpreters.

UTas Women's Collective

UTas Women's Collective

Exemption no: 17/05/024

Date granted: 06/07/2017

Date of expiry: 06/07/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 19/07/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit UTas Women's Collective to restrict membership to women including transgender and non-binary people, and excluding men, on the basis that:

  • The UTas Women’s Collective was created and exists to provide representation and support to women, transgender and non-binary students; and
  • Being a member of and holding any position in UTas Women’s Collective requires lived experiences of being a woman, transgender or non-binary person; and
  • The UTas Women’s Collective hold events and specific activities which are mostly targeted and attended by women, transgender and non-binary people.  Some of these are ‘Members only’ events to ensure members are supported and feel comfortable talking about their life and lived experiences; and
  • The UTas Women’s Collective meetings are regularly held in the Tasmanian University Union (TUU) Women’s Room, which is available for women students only.  Men are prohibited from using this space to ensure a safe and secure space for women students.

The Maxima Group Incorporated

The Maxima Group Incorporated

Exemption no: 17/06/010

Date granted: 06/07/2017

Date of expiry: 06/07/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 12/07/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit The Maxima Group Incorporated to conduct advertisement, recruitment and employment services aimed specifically at Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander job seekers in Tasmania on the basis that:

  • The services are conducted through The Maxima Group Incorporated’s Indigenous Employment portfolio which operates nationally.
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders are generally disadvantaged in the labour market and the services provided by The Maxima Group Incorporated will assist individuals to overcome barriers to secure and maintain meaningful employment.

Autralian Red Cross Society

Australian Red Cross Society - Tasmanian Divisional Advisory Board

Exemption no: 17/03/025

Date granted: 23/5/2017

Date of expiry: 23/5/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 31/5/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Australian Red Cross Society to advertise and appoint an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to a volunteer position on Australian Red Cross Society's Tasmanian Divisional Advisory Board on the basis that:

  • the position is consistent with the Australian Red Cross Society’s aims developed in the Bright Futures – Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2018 which guides the organisation’s policies and practices in recruiting, retaining and supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff and volunteers; and
  • the position is consistent with Australian Red Cross Society’s goal of increasing the current representation of its Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workforce by 2018 including governance and volunteer positions; and
  • Aborigines and/or Torres Strait Islanders are recognised as being members of a disadvantaged group in respect of employment. Australian Red Cross Society’s Bright Futures – Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2018 is a scheme developed for the benefit of a disadvantaged group and a program that promotes equal opportunity for members of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Workskills Incorporated

Workskills Incorporated

Exemption no: 17/03/060

Date granted: 18/05/2017

Date of expiry: 18/05/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 31/05/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Workskills Incorporated to specifically recruit and employ at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to the position of Youth Coach, as part of the Empowering Youth Initiative through Impact Communities on the basis that:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander youth unemployment is high compared to the general population.
  • The Youth Coach will assist young people to build employability skills based on the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.
  • The Youth Coach will coordinate appropriate services to assist young people with non-vocational issues.

South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC)

South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation

Application no: 17/03/048

Date granted: 15/5/2017

Date of expiry: 15/5/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 24/5/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC) to specifically recruit and employ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders to the identified positions of Chief Executive Officer, Senior Management, Aboriginal health workers and Receptionist, on the basis that:

  • deliver a range of services including primary health and wellbeing, aged care and land management in accordance with the Aboriginal community needs and expectations; and
  • recruitment will encourage and promote employment and training pathways in accordance with SETAC's Strategic Plan 2012-2017; and
  • will actively encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders to apply for the identified positions but in the event they are not all successfully filled, SETAC may recruit and employ persons of non-aboriginality for these positions.

Bethlehem House Tasmania Inc

Bethlehem House Tasmania Inc

Exemption no: 15/11/054

Date granted: 07/03/2017

Date of expiry: 07/03/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 15/03/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Bethlehem House Tasmania Inc to recruit and employ males only to the roles of Case Worker and Support Worker on the basis that:

  • the recruitment is for the purposes of providing emergency accommodation and related counselling and support services for men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and/or who may be experiencing various family or mental health issues.

Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

Exemption no: 16/01/024

Date granted: 24/02/2017

Date of expiry: 24/02/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 08/03/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority to emphasise female leadership and involvement in the design and construction phases of a history and interpretation centre at the Cascades Female Factory, on the basis it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination 'in any program, plan or arrangement designed to promote equal opportunity for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute'; and
  • section 27(1)(d) of the Act, which provides an exception for gender discrimination ‘in employment, if it is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Tasmanian State Service

Tasmanian State Service

Exemption no: 17/01/018

Date granted: 23/01/2017

Date of expiry: 23/01/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 01/02/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Tasmanian State Service to specifically recruit and employ graduates with a disability into the Tasmanian State Service who are eligible to participate in the Graduate Program for People with Disabilities ('the Program'):

  • A person will be eligible to participate in the program if they meet the definition of ‘disability’ as set out in the Disability Services Act 1992, which covers people with intellectual, psychiatric, sensory or physical impairments, as well as individuals with cognitive impairments who fall within the equivalent Commonwealth legislation.
  • Persons who have a disability and have been assessed by Centrelink as requiring specialist employment assistance, and have been referred to any approved Disability Employment Services provider will also be eligible to participate in the program.  

This is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute’.

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Exemption no: 16/12/027

Date granted: 06/01/2017

Date of expiry: 06/01/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 11/01/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Department of Premier and Cabinet to specifically recruit and employ graduates with a disability into the Tasmanian State Service who are eligible to participate in the Graduate Program for People with Disabilities ('the Program'):

  • A person will be eligible to participate in the program if they meet the definition of ‘disability’ as set out in the Disability Services Act 1992, which covers people with intellectual, psychiatric, sensory or physical impairments, as well as individuals with cognitive impairments who fall within the equivalent Commonwealth legislation.
  • Persons who have a disability and have been assessed by Centrelink as requiring specialist employment assistance, and have been referred to any approved Disability Employment Services provider will also be eligible to participate in the program.  

This is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute’.

Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment

Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment

Exemption no: 16/12/030

Date granted: 23/12/2016

Date of expiry: 23/12/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 11/01/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment to recruit and employ women only in two of the three cadet positions available each year in the Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment (DPIPWE) Cadet Program, on the basis that it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute’.

Colony 47 Incorporated

Colony 47 Incorporated

Exemption no: 16/11/008

Date granted: 23/12/2016

Date of expiry: 23/12/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 11/01/2017

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 27(1)(c), 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Colony 47 Inc to recruit and employ females only for the positions of Mara House Co-ordinator, Residential Response Worker and Residential Youth Worker at Mara House, on the basis that it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 27(1)(c) of the Act, which provides an exception for gender discrimination ‘in employment, if it is for the purpose of the residential care of persons under the age of 18 years’; and
  • section 27(1)(d) of the Act, which provides an exception for gender discrimination ‘in employment, if it is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Relationships Australia Tasmania

Relationships Australia Tasmania Incorporated trading as Relationships Australia Tasmania

Exemption no: 16/10/029

Date granted: 07/11/2016

Date of expiry: 07/11/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 16/11/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Relationships Australia Tasmania Incorporated trading as Relationships Australia Tasmania to recruit and employ one woman practitioner to work in the Men Engaging in New Strategies ('MENS') Program, to be based in the north of the State, to enable the program to be facilitated by a team of one man and one woman, on the basis it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 27(1)(d) of the Act, which provides an exception for gender discrimination ‘in employment, if it is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Womens Shelter Inc trading as Hobart Womens Shelter

Womens Shelter Inc trading as Hobart Womens Shelter

Exemption no: 16/08/052

Date granted: 12/10/2016

Date of expiry: 12/10/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 19/10/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Womens Shelter Inc trading as Hobart Womens Shelter to recruit and employ women only in all paid positions with Hobart Womens Shelter; and recruit and engage women only in all positions on the volunteer governance board of the Hobart Womens Shelter on the basis it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 27(1)(d) of the Act, which provides an exception for gender discrimination ‘in employment, if it is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Positive Solutions: Mediation Counselling Training

Positive Solutions: Mediation Counselling Training

Exemption no: 16/07/068

Date granted: 18/08/2016

Date of expiry: 18/08/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 24/08/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Positive Solutions: Mediation Counselling Training to:

  • recruit and employ only men as mediators for family mediation services to the extent necessary to ensure it is able to consistently provide co-mediations facilitated by a team made up of a male and a female mediator; and
  • recruit and employ only women as mediators for family mediation services to the extent necessary to ensure it is able to consistently provide co-mediations facilitated by a team made up of a male and a female mediator. 

This is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘in any program, plan or arrangement designed to promote equal opportunity for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 27(1)(d) of the Act, which provides an exception for gender discrimination ‘in employment, if it is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Pakana Services Ltd

Pakana Services Ltd

Exemption no: 16/07/063

Date granted: 05/08/2016

Date of expiry: 05/08/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 05/08/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Pakana Services Ltd to recruit and employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders only for field worker positions on the basis that it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘in any program, plan or arrangement designed to promote equal opportunity for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute’.

Anglicare Tasmania Ltd-Community Services Worker

Anglicare Tasmania Inc-Community Services Worker

Exemption no: 16/06/048

Date granted: 05/08/2016

Date of expiry: 05/08/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 05/08/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Anglicare Tasmania Inc to recruit and employ Aborigines only in specifically Aboriginal-designated Community Services Worker roles (approximately six (6) positions) on the basis that it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 41 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘on the ground of race in relation to employment if the discrimination is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Support, Help and Empowerment Inc (SHE)

Support, Help and Empowerment Inc (SHE)

Exemption no: 16/06/020

Date granted: 14/07/2016

Date of expiry: 14/07/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 20/07/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Support, Help and Empowerment Inc (SHE) to recruit and employ women only in the roles of Counsellor, Project Worker, Executive Officer and Volunteer Administrator on the basis that it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘in any program, plan or arrangement designed to promote equal opportunity for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 27(1)(d) of the Act, which provides an exception for gender discrimination ‘in employment, if it is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Cancer Council Tasmania

Cancer Council Tasmania

Exemption no: 16/06/011

Date granted: 15/06/2016

Date of expiry: 15/06/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 22/06/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26 and 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Cancer Council Tasmania to develop and deliver a culturally appropriate employment strategy in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Tasmania, including the recruitment and employment of an Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor on the basis that it is consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘if it is for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘in any program, plan or arrangement designed to promote equal opportunity for a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 41 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘on the ground of race in relation to employment if the discrimination is based on a genuine occupational qualification or requirement in relation to a particular position’.

Australian Red Cross Society-Customer Services Officer

Australian Red Cross Society

Exemption no: 16/05/006

Date granted: 27/05/2016

Date of expiry: 30/05/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 08/06/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Australian Red Cross Society to advertise and employ an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander for the position of Customer Services Officer in its Head Office in Hobart. The exemption was granted on the basis that:

  • the position is part of the Australian Red Cross Society’s Indigenous Employment Programme, a joint initiative between the Australian Red Cross Society and the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • the position is consistent with the Australian Red Cross Society’s aims developed in the Bright Futures – Reconciliation Action Plan 2015–2018 to guide the organisation’s policies and practices in recruiting, retaining and supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff and volunteers;
  • the position is consistent with the Australian Red Cross Society’s goal of increasing the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce by 2018 and to fully support and provide continuing career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the organisation and the broader community; and
  • Aborigines and/or Torres Strait Islanders are a disadvantaged group in respect of employment and the Indigenous Employment Programme is a scheme for the benefit of a disadvantaged group and a program that promotes equal opportunity.

Australian Red Cross Society-Administrative Assistant Traineeship in the Migration Support Program

Australian Red Cross Society

Exemption no: 16/03/010

Date granted: 11/4/2016

Date of expiry: 11/04/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 18/05/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Australian Red Cross Society to recruit and employ an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to the Administrative Administrative Traineeship position in Tasmania.  The exemption was granted on the basis that:

  • the traineeship is part of the Australian Red Cross Society’s Indigenous Employment Programme, a joint initiative between the Australian Red Cross Society and the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • the traineeship position is consistent with Red Cross’s aims developed in the Bright Futures – Reconciliation Action Plan 2015–2018 to guide the organisations policies and practices in recruiting, retaining and supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff and volunteers;
  • the traineeship position is consistent with Red Cross’ goal of increasing the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce by 2018 and to fully support and provide continuing career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the organisation and the broader community; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are a disadvantaged group in respect of employment and the Indigenous Employment Programme is a scheme for the benefit of a disadvantaged group and a program that promotes equal opportunity.

Archdiocese of Hobart-CatholicCare Tasmania

Archdiocese of Hobart - CatholicCare Tasmania

Exemption no: 15/12/047

Date granted: 02/02/2016

Date of expiry: 02/02/2019

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 16/03/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Archdiocese of Hobart's CatholicCare Tasmania to advertise and employ a male person in the position of Family Counsellor/Family and Relationship Counsellor.  The exemption was granted on the basis that:

  • the discrimination is for the purposes of enabling the Archdiocese of Hobart’s CatholicCare Tasmania service of family and relationship counselling and specialised family violence programs to provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families and in particular children where the gender of the counsellor is an important consideration to ensure the particular needs of the client are met;
  • the discrimination is for the purposes of enabling the Archdiocese of Hobart’s CatholicCare Tasmania service of family and relationship counselling and specialised family violence programs to continue to provide a year-round, on-going, psycho-educational group program for men who use abusive behaviours in their families through CatholicCare’s Challenging Abusive Behaviours Program (CAB);
  • being male is a genuine occupational requirement of working directly with men and children who require specialised counselling and family services provided by the Archdiocese of Hobart’s CatholicCare Tasmania; and
  • the discrimination is for the purposes of enabling the Archdiocese of Hobart’s CatholicCare Tasmania service of family and relationship counselling and specialised family violence to specifically allocate a male counsellor to male adults and children and other specific programs, where necessary and appropriate; an
  • the discrimination is for the purposes of enabling the Archdiocese of Hobart’s CatholicCare Tasmania service of family and relationship counselling and specialised family violence programs to continue to fill at least two (2) of the positions of Family Counsellor/Family & Relationship Counsellor in Southern Tasmania with men, should one of the positions become vacant at any time during the exemption period.

Archdiocese of Hobart-Annie Kenney Young

Archdiocese of Hobart - Annie Kenney Young Women's Emergency Accommodation Service

Application no: 15/08/055

Date granted: 23/12/2015

Date of expiry: 23/12/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 13/01/2016

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(c), 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Archdiocese of Hobart to advertise and employ women only in identified positions of Crisis Worker(s), and Team Leader(s) at the Annie Kenney Young Women's Emergency Accommodation Service. The exemption was granted on the basis that:

  • discrimination is for the purposes of operating the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Annie Kenney Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service for young women aged between 13-21 years who may be experiencing violence, homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless;
  • being a woman is a genuine occupational requirement of working with women who require crisis accommodation and other services provided by Archdiocese of Hobart’s Annie Kenney Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service because staff working in these roles all have regular personal contact with the young women accessing the crisis accommodation services and the young women may be facing homelessness due to family violence involving a male perpetrator;
  • accommodation facilities provided by the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Annie Kenney Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service are for women and girls aged between 13 and 21 years and , as such, include residents who are girls under the age of 18 years; and
  • services provided are aimed at empowering young women by providing sufficient support to enable them to progress towards meeting their goals as identified from assessment and within their case plans.

Jireh House Association Inc

Jireh House Association Inc

Exemption no: 15/07/044

Date granted: 01/09/2015

Date of expiry: 01/09/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 09/09/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Jireh House Association Inc to recruit and employ women only in identified core positions. The exemption was granted on the basis that:

  • the discrimination is for the purposes of operating a crisis accommodation service for women and women with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic and family violence and other life crisis; and
  • being a women is a genuine occupational requirement of working with women who require crisis accommodation and other services provided by Jireh House Accommodation Inc because staff members in these roles all have regular personal contact with women escaping domestic and family violence.

Tasmanian University Union Inc

Tasmania University Union Inc

Exemption no: 15/03/073, 15/07/076, 15/07/077, 15/07/079 and 15/07/080

Date granted: 28/07/2015

Date of expiry: 28/07/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 19/08/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 14, 16(a), (c), (e), (ea), (eb) and (k), 22(1)(a), 25, 26, 27, 41

Description

The exemptions were granted to permit Tasmania University Union Inc to restrict nominations and elections of five student representative positions (north and south) to people with specified attributes.  The positions and attributes are as follows:

  • Women's Officer: restricting the positions to people who identify as women. As such, the exemption is granted from the provisions of the Act that protect against discrimination in employment on the basis gender and gender identity (15/03/073).
  • Position supporting and advocating for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or asexual (LGBTIQA) (however named): restricting the positions to people who identify as one or more of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or asexual. As such, intersex, gender identity and sexual orientation (15/07/076).
  • International Students Officer: restricting the positions to people who are enrolled as International students (full-fee-paying overseas students) at the University of Tasmania. As such, the exemption is granted from the provisions of the Act that protect against discrimination in employment on the basis of race (being relevantly nationality and/or national origin) (15/07/077).
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Officer: restricting the positions to people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. As such, the exemption is granted from the provisions of the Act that protect against discrimination in employment on the basis of race (15/07/079).
  • Disability Officer: restricting the positions to people who identify as having disability. As such, the exemption is granted from the provisions of the Act that protect against discrimination in employment on the basis of disability (15/07/080).

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Limited

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Limited

Exemption no: 15/06/061

Date granted: 15/07/2015

Date of expiry: 15/07/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 29/07/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative Limited to recruit and employ Aborigines and/or Torres Strait Islanders only to the positions of Aboriginal Client Services Officer within the office of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community Legal Service.

University of Tasmania-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Framework

University of Tasmania-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Framework

Exemption no: 15/05/027

Date granted: 14/07/2015

Date of expiry: 14/07/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 22/07/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit:

(a) the University of Tasmania develop and implement the University of Tasmania Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy framework;

(b) the University of Tasmania to develop and implement the University of Tasmania Aboriginal Employment Strategy;

(c) the University of Tasmania to establish and maintain the University of Tasmania Aboriginal Policy Working Group;

(d) the University of Tasmania Aboriginal Policy Working Group to consider, develop and recommend actions and approaches (however named or described) within the University of Tasmania Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy framework for the University of Tasmania to implement;

(e) the University of Tasmania to create and maintain the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership; and

(f)  the University of Tasmania and its senior staff and Human Resources Department, and the University of Tasmania Aboriginal Policy Working Group and its members, to do those things that are reasonably necessary to undertake the actions referred to in paragraphs (a)–(e) above.

It was granted on the basis that these actions are consistent with:

  • section 25 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘for the purpose of carrying out a scheme for the benefit of a group which is disadvantaged or has a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and 
  • section 26 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘in any program, plan or arrangement designed to promote equal opportunity for a group of people who are disadvantaged or have a special need because of a prescribed attribute’; and
  • section 41 of the Act, which provides an exception for discrimination ‘in relation to employment if the discrimination is based on a genuine occupational requirement or requirement in relation to a particular position’; and 
  • clause 12 of the University of Tasmania – Staff Agreement – 2013-2016, which commits the University of Tasmania to an Aboriginal Employment Strategy, ‘to increasing employment and career development opportunities for Indigenous Australians’, and ‘the establishment of a senior University Aboriginal leadership position with a focus on organisational strategies and plans’.

Women's Legal Service (Tasmania) Incorporated

Women's Legal Service (Tasmania) Inc

Exemption no: 15/03/004

Date granted: 17/06/2015

Date of expiry: 17/06/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 01/07/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Women's Legal Service (Tasmania) Inc to permit it to recruit and employ women only in the identified positions of Chief Executive Officer, Solicitor, Reception, Office Manager, Para-Legal, Legal Students, Volunteers and Management Collective for the purposes of:

  1. providing accessible and supportive state-wide legal advice, casework and referral service to Tasmanian women who face additional barriers in accessing legal services due to various social, economic and cultural factors; and
  2. providing a safe and non-threatening environment for its female clients.

Karinya Young Women's Service Inc

Karinya Young Women's Service Inc

Exemption no: 15/04/046

Date granted: 24/05/2014

Date of expiry: 24/05/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 03/06/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 27(1)(c), 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to Karinya Young Women's Service Inc to advertise and employ women only to the identified position of Youth Crisis Accommodation Worker with Karinya Young Women's Service Inc.on the basis that:

  • the discrimination is for the purposes of operating a crisis accommodation service for young women aged between 13-20 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, being a scheme for a benefit of a group-women at risk of homelessness-that has special needs because of gender; and
  • being a women is a genuine occupational requirement of working with young women who require crisis accommodation and other services provided by Karinya Young Women's Service Inc.

Launceston City Mission Inc

Launceston City Mission Inc

Exemption no: 15/04/031

Date granted: 06/05/2015

Date of expiry: 06/05/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 13/05/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to Launceston City Mission Inc to recruit and employ a female or male Youth Mentor to work with 'at-risk' female or male youth aged between 13 and 25 years, in a mentoring role as part of Launceston City Mission's KidShed and The Mish Youth programs.

ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc

ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc

Exemption no: 15/03/054

Date granted: 05/05/2015

Date of expiry: 05/05/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 13/05/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections, 25, 26, 45

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc to advertise and employ only individuals with a physical disability in the identified positions of Presenter in the BodySafe Education Program and Community Engagement Officer with ParaQuad Association of Tasmanian Inc with the aim of improving access to employment for people living with a physical disability.

Thomas Henry Reid Music Foundation

Thomas Henry Reid Foundation

Exemption no: 14/12/035

Date granted: 13/01/2015

Date of expiry: 13/01/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 28/01/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25 & 26

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit the Thomas Henry Reid Foundation to design and deliver a series of workshops to encourage and empower female artistic professionals advance their careers in the music and recording industries.

Warrawee Committee Inc (Warrawee Women's Shelter)

Warrawee Committee Inc

Exemption no: 14/12/036

Date granted: 07/01/2015

Date of expiry: 07/01/2018

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 14/01/2015

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections Sections 25, 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit the Warrawee Committee Inc to recruit and employ women only in the identified positions of Shelter Service Co-ordinator, Child Support Worker and Offsite Worker at Warrawee Women's Shelter.