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AGE DISCRIMINATION ACT 2004 - SECT 33

Positive discrimination

                   This Part does not make it unlawful for a person to discriminate against another person, on the ground of the other person's age, by an act that is consistent with the purposes of this Act, if:

                     (a)  the act provides a bona fide benefit to persons of a particular age; or

Example 1:          This paragraph would cover a hairdresser giving a discount to a person holding a Seniors Card or a similar card, because giving the discount is an act that provides a bona fide benefit to older persons.

Example 2:          This paragraph would cover the provision to a particular age group of a scholarship program, competition or similar opportunity to win a prize or benefit.

                     (b)  the act is intended to meet a need that arises out of the age of persons of a particular age; or

Example:             Young people often have a greater need for welfare services (including information, support and referral) than other people. This paragraph would therefore cover the provision of welfare services to young homeless people, because such services are intended to meet a need arising out of the age of such people.

                     (c)  the act is intended to reduce a disadvantage experienced by people of a particular age.

Example:             Older people are often more disadvantaged by retrenchment than are other people. This paragraph would therefore cover the provision of additional notice entitlements for older workers, because such entitlements are intended to reduce a disadvantage experienced by older people.



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