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.

Launceston City Council

Launceston City Council trading as Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Application no: 19/08/063

Date granted: 20 September 2019

Date of expiry: 20 September 2022

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 25 September 2019

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery to advertise for, recruit and employ an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in the position of Aboriginal Learning Facilitator based at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in the Creative Arts and Cultural Services Directorate on the basis that:

  1. The purpose of the position is to collaboratively develop and deliver public and educational programs to support the Australian Curriculum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures; and
  2. The position will support school, local community and museum activities to close the gap in Aboriginal education and/or awareness outcomes and related initiatives; and
  3. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is the leading cultural organisation within the Launceston region and seeks to define its relationship with the Aboriginal communities within the region through this identified position.

Anglicare Tasmania Inc

Anglicare Tasmania Inc

Application no: 19/07/012

Date granted: 24 July 2019

Date of expiry: 24/07/2022

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 7 August 2019

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Anglicare Tasmania Inc to recruit and employ Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in spefically-designated Community Service Worker positions (approx. six (6) positions state-wide) on the basis that:

  1. The occupants of these positions provide support service to clients across the state who identify themselves as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and request a case manager who is Aboriginal;
  2. Anglicare continues to improve the delivery of services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders by allocating Aboriginal-designated Community Service Workers by request to its clients; and
  3. There is a growing need from Anglicare Support Services data for Aboriginal-designated staff.

Archdiocese of Hobart-CatholicCare Tasmania

Archdiocese of Hobart - CatholicCare Tasmania

Application no: 19/05/077

Date granted: 24/06/2019

Date of expiry: 24/06/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 03/07/2019

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Archdiocese of Hobart to advertise, recruit and employ females only in the identified positions of Case Worker(s), Assessment Worker(s), Local Support Coordination Case Worker(s), Department of Social Services Local Support Training Coordinator(s), and State Coordinator(s) related to the Safe Choices program (the Program), on the basis that:

  • The program provides practical support, advice and referral services to people who are in violent relationships, including those who wish to leave those relationships; and
  • The program is an initiative of the Safe Homes, Safe Families, Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-2020; and
  • The majority of clients in the program are women who have been victims of family or sexual violence, and clients may feel safer to explore their issues with other women; and
  • In the majority of cases women escaping or living with family violence from male perpetrators do not feel comfortable seeing male workers and discussing intimate details of their relationship.

Australian Red Cross Society

Australian Red Cross Society

Exemption no: 19/05/076

Date granted: 13/06/2019

Date of expiry: 13/06/2022

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 26/06/2019

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

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

  • the position is consistent with the Australian Red Cross Society’s Indigenous Employment Programme, a continuing 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 Stronger Together – Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 to guide the organisation’s policies and practices with recruiting, retaining and supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff, volunteers and members;
  • the position is consistent with the Australian Red Cross Society’s goal of continuing to increase its current Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workforce and ensuring its decisions are influenced, shaped and led by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff, volunteers and members; and
  • Australian Red Cross Society’s aims to support and provide continuing career opportunities for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people so they can be represented at all levels of the organisation.

Hobart City Council

Hobart City Council

Exemption no: 19/05/022

Date granted: 10/05/2019

Date of expiry: 10/05/2022

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 12/06/2019

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Hobart City Council to advertise for and engage an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artist, craft practitioner or designer (or a collaboration of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists, craft practitioners or designers) to create a new artwork or install an existing artwork within the Elizabeth Street Mall Information Center development on the basis that:

  • The aim of the project is to acknowledge, pay recognition and respect to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and culture in Tasmania through a creative re-imagining of place and space; and
  • The work will honour, celebrate and respect the 60,000 years of continuing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture and spirituality within Tasmania; and
  • One of the aims of the project is to inspire curiosity and connection with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture; and
  • The successful artist(s) will identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and either currently reside or have been born in Tasmania.

Cooper Screen Academy

Cooper Screen Academy

Exemption no: 19/04/051

Date granted: 29/04/2019

Date of expiry: 29/04/2022

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 15/05/2019

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Cooper Screen Academy to advertise for and enrol women only in the screen acting course called 'TV MUMS' on the basis that:

  • Participants of the course do not have to be a Mum themselves, but instead could play a Mum on screen; and
  • The course will encourage and support women to participate and explore screen acting in an environment they may feel more comfortable in; and
  • The course aims to address the under-representation of women on screen by motivating and empowering participants to explore a career in acting.

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Exemption no: 18/01/017(a)

Date granted: 30/04/2019

Date of expiry: 30/04/2022

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 08/05/2019

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d), 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment trading as Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service to recruit and appoint a female and/or a male Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, whichever is required to maintain the gender and cultural representation of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community, to the identified position(s) of member of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council (NPWAC) on the basis that:

  • NPWAC is a statutory body created to provide independent advice to the Minister on a range of matters associated with the National Parks and Reserves Management Act 2002.
  • NPWAC is represented by 10 members of equal gender representation on Council who have the skills and knowledge across a diverse range of activities important to the management of national parks and reserves across Tasmania. The 10 members include one male and one female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member position.
  • For gender equity and cultural reasons it is believed to be important to have both sexes represented from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community on the NPWAC.

University of Tasmania (College of Sciences and Engineering)

University of Tasmania (College of Sciences and Engineering)

Exemption no: 19/03/011

Date granted: 18/04/2019

Date of expiry: 01/10/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 08/05/2019

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the University of Tasmania (College of Sciences and Engineering) to advertise, recruit and employ four female academics in the identified positions of:

  1. Lecturer Geoenvironment and Geometallurgy (School of Natural Sciences / Discipline of Earth Sciences / Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences);
  2. Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering (School of Engineering);
  3. Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor (School of Engineering); and
  4. Lecturer in Geology (School of Natural Sciences / Discipline of Earth Sciences / Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences).

This is on the basis that:

  • Females are significantly under-represented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEM) nationally. In the University of Tasmania’s School of Natural Sciences and School of Engineering, 22% of staff are female.
  • By engaging more female academic staff, the University of Tasmania aspires to attract more female students into the College of Sciences and Engineering, and to increase participation and completion rates.
  • The University of Tasmania is keen to promote a greater level of female participation within the STEM fields and it is anticipated that these positions will directly assist in increasing female engagement.

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

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

Application no: 18/11/025

Date granted: 27/11/2018

Date of expiry: 27/11/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 12/12/2018

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), Team Leader(s) and Manager(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
  • the 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.

University of Tasmania (College of Sciences and Engineering)

University of Tasmania (College of Sciences and Engineering)

Exemption no: 18/09/037

Date granted: 2/10/2018

Date of expiry: 2/10/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 10/10/2018

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the University of Tasmania (College of Sciences and Engineering) to recruit and employ a woman Lecturer in Chemistry in the College of Sciences and Engineering on the basis of:

  • promoting and increasing female participation in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) fields;
  • addressing unequal gender representation across academic disciplines and in senior lecturer roles, in particular STEMM fields; and
  • the initiative relates to the Athena SWAN program which aims to achieve a more equitable workforce at the University of Tasmania.

Karinya Young Women's Service Inc

Karinya Young Women's Service Inc

Exemption no: 18/08/043

Date granted: 27/09/2018

Date of expiry: 27/09/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 03/10/2018

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Karinya Young Women's Service Inc to recruit and employ women only in the identified positions within the organisation on the basis that:

  • Karinya Young Women's Service Inc is a specialist homelessness service which is funded to provide immediate emergency accommodation to young women aged between 13 and 20 years of age; and
  • The shelter operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with usually one staff member supervising up to 7 young women at any one time.

Jireh House Association Inc

Jireh House Association Inc

Exemption no: 18/08/033

Date granted: 12/09/2018

Date of expiry: 12/09/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 19/09/2018

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 the identified positions within the organisation on the basis that:

  • Jireh House Association Inc operates a crisis accommodation and support service for women, and women with children, who have become homeless due to domestic violence and/or other life crises; and
  • Being a women is a genuine occupational requirement of working with women who require crisis accommodation and other support services provided by Jireh House Association Inc because staff members in these roles all have regular personal contact with women escaping domestic violence (where the perpetrator is usually male).

Hobart City Council

Hobart City Council

Exemption no: 18/08/036

Date granted: 10/09/2018

Date of expiry: 10/09/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 19/09/2018

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Hobart City Council to recruit and employ an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to the identified position of Community Development Officer in the Community and Culture division within the Council on the basis that the position will:

  • Support the reconciliation objectives of the Hobart City Council, including the strengthening of partnerships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Tasmania;
  • maintain a current and broad understanding of issues and concerns relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Tasmania;
  • Support the Community Participation Coordinator to develop and implement appropriate policy frameworks and promote best practice in the area of Aboriginal engagement and inclusion across all areas of Council; and
  • Work with the community and culture team to support and deliver other community development and social inclusion initiatives as needed.

Tasmania University Union Inc

Tasmania University Union Inc

Exemption no: 18/08/024

Date granted: 06/09/2018

Date of expiry: 06/09/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 12/09/2018

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(d), 41

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Tasmania University Union Inc to restrict nominations for the student representative positions of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Representative; Disabilities Student Representative; International Student Representative; Queer Student Representative; and Women's Student Representative. The restrictions outlined in the exemption order are on the basis that those candidates can share their individual experiences and can speak and advocate from those experiences for students with similar identities.

Women's Legal Service Tasmania

Women's Legal Service (Tasmania) Inc

Exemption no: 18/06/012

Date granted: 14/07/2018

Date of expiry: 04/07/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 11/07/2018

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 recruit and employ women only in the identified positions within the organisation for the purposes of:

  • a) providing Tasmanian women with legal assistance and advice across many areas of law; and
  • b) providing a safe and un-threatening working environment to its clients in particular, women addressing family violence issues accessing these services on a daily basis.

Shebah Pty Ltd

Shebah Pty Ltd

Exemption no: 18/05/028

Date granted: 22/06/2018

Date of expiry: 22/06/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 27/06/2018

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Shebah Pty Ltd to recruit and employ female drivers only to operate a ridesharing service in Tasmania; and for these female drivers to only drive other females, primary school-aged children (boys and girls), boys up to 18 years of age if accompanied by a female guardian, and a man travelling with his female partner and baby in need of a baby seat or child in need of a booster seat if this has been pre-booked with Shebah and the driver has agreed, on the basis that:

  • Females may feel uncomfortable becoming standard taxi or ride share drivers due to security concerns and feeling intimidated and scared for their safety due to male passengers;
  • Promoting female drivers, promotes equal employment opportunities as taxi and ride sharing drivers are predominantly male;
  • Females may feel intimidated and scared for their safety due to prior negative experiences, when using standard taxi or ride share services;
  • Due to religious beliefs, some females may not travel in a car alone with a male driver who is not a relative; and
  • Females who have previously been subjected to intimidation, abuse, sexual assault or domestic violence, and elderly women who are particularly vulnerable, may lack the confidence or be too intimidated to use a service provided predominantly by men when using standard taxi or ride share services.

ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc

ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc.

Exemption no: 18/05/045

Date granted: 21/06/2018

Date of expiry: 21/06/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 27/6/2018

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc to recruit and employ only individuals with a physical disability in the identified positions of BodySafe Education Program Presenter and Peer Support Officer for the purposes of:

  • Providing support in conjunction with the Community Rehabilitation Unit to those with newly acquired spinal cord injury (Peer Support Officer);
  • Providing a curriculum endorsed risk mitigation program to students in years 9 -12 (BodySafe Education Program Presenter);
  • Informing and educating the general community on issues impacting people with physical disability as well as offering peer support and practical knowledge to others with physical disability, particularly those that are newly disabled; and
  • Providing employment opportunities to people with physical disability through the programs provided by ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc.

Montagu Community Living Inc

Montagu Community Living Inc

Exemption no: 18/05/007

Date granted: 18/05/2018

Date of expiry: 18/05/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 23/05/2018

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Montagu Community Living Inc to recruit and employ an individual with a disability in the position of Trainee to undertake administrative and reception duties, on the basis that:

  • Montagu Community Living provides support to people who have an intellectual or physical disability; and
  • It is believed that a person with a disability is best placed to engage with and direct other people with a disability, in terms of their welfare and the services available through Montagu Community Living; and
  • People accessing support services through Montagu Community Living may see the employment of a person with a disability as motivational for their own aspirations.

Down Syndrome Tasmania Inc

Down Syndrome Tasmania Inc

Exemption no: 18/04/046

Date granted: 14/05/2018

Date of expiry: 14/05/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 23/05/2018

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Down Syndrome Tasmania Inc to restrict participation of dancers in its BrightStars dancing group (excluding support persons) to people with Down Syndrome on the basis that the restriction is for the purposes of:

  • To promote social equality for persons with Down Syndrome; and
  • Encouraging persons with Down Syndrome to develop self-confidence and reach their full potential through the association's programs including BrightStars dance group; and
  • Ensuring that resources of Down Syndrome Tasmania Inc and staff expertise is used appropriately for the benefit of people with Down Syndrome.

Kingborough Council-Young Women's Support Program

Kingborough Council-Young Women's Support Program

Exemption no: 18/03/024

Date granted: 19/04/2018

Date of expiry: 19/04/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 25/04/2018

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Kingborough Council to provide a support program specifically for young women aged 12-24 (inclusive) who relate to the specific targeted group for the program on the basis that:

  • The targeted group may include young women who are at risk of disengaging in school or who have disengaged partially or completely; and
  • The targeted group may include participants that have learning difficulties, mental health, drug and/or alcohol or behavioural issues or are lacking family support or stability; and
  • The program aims to support the participants through educating them on various topics including mental health and wellbeing with the support of program co-ordinators and mentors; and
  • The program will be run in partnership with Kingston High School, Taroona High School, Colony 47, PCYC and the Drug Education Network (DEN).

Yemaya Women's Support Service Inc

Yemaya Women's Support Service Inc

Exemption no: 18/03/008

Date granted: 22/03/2018

Date of expiry: 22/03/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 28/03/2018

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

Description

This exemption was granted to permit Yemaya Women's Support Service Inc to recruit and employ women only in the identified positions of Coordinator / Counsellor / Community Development Worker/s on the basis that:

  • The discrimination is for the purposes of operating a Yemaya Women's Support Service providing medium to long term support for women who have experienced or who are experiencing domestic violence.
  • The exemption is only sought in relation to positions identified that work directly with the clients of this service.
  • Being a woman is a genuine occupational requirement of working with vulnerable women and children experiencing homelessness and/or domestic or family violence.

Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning Inc

Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning Inc

Exemption no: 18/02/014

Date granted: 07/03/2018

Date of expiry: 07/03/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 14/03/2018

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 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 storytelling and song to explore the cultural heritage of the women, and fashion and performances of their homelands, without fear of disrespecting their culture; and
  • Respecting the participating women's cultures by excluding men from attending the Women's Business events.

Warrawee Women's Shelter

Warrawee Committee Inc

Exemption no: 17/12/015

Date granted: 03/01/2018

Date of expiry: 03/01/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 10/01/2018

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

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit Warrawee Committee Inc to recruit and employ women only in the identified positions of Child Support Worker, Offsite Worker and Shelter Services Co-ordinator at Warrawee Women's Shelter (A crisis accommodation service for women and children escaping homelessness and/or domestic or family violence).

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 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.

Kingborough Council-Young Men's Support Program

Kingborough Council-Young Men's Support Program

Exemption no: 17/10/028(a)

Date granted: 30/10/2017 (Amendment to Order made 19/4/2018)

Date of expiry: 30/10/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 15/11/2017 (Amendment advertised 25/4/2018)

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26

Description

This exemption has been granted to permit the Kingborough Council to provide a support program specifically for young men aged 12-24 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.

Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc

Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tas) Inc

Exemption no: 17/07/005(a) Amended Exemption

Amended Order granted: 12/12/2017

Date of expiry: 12/12/2020

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette:

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 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.

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’.