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Age Discrimination Bill 2004

2002-2003

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As read a third time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age Discrimination Bill 2003

 

No.      , 2003

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act relating to discrimination on the ground of age

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 2

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

6............ Age discrimination not to include disability discrimination................. 6

7............ Meaning of act —omission to act........................................................ 6

8............ Commonwealth taken to be employer................................................. 6

Part 2—Application and constitutional provisions                                             7

9............ Geographical application of Act.......................................................... 7

10.......... Application of Act—constitutional powers......................................... 7

11.......... Compensation—constitutional safety net.......................................... 10

12.......... Operation of State and Territory laws............................................... 10

13.......... Extent to which Act binds the Crown............................................... 11

Part 3—Concept of age discrimination                                                                    12

14.......... Discrimination on the ground of age—direct discrimination............. 12

15.......... Discrimination on the ground of age—indirect discrimination.......... 12

16.......... Act done because of age and for other reason................................... 13

Part 4—Unlawful age discrimination                                                                       14

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                 14

17.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 14

Division 2—Discrimination in work                                                                    15

18.......... Discrimination in employment.......................................................... 15

19.......... Discrimination against commission agents........................................ 16

20.......... Discrimination against contract workers........................................... 17

21.......... Partnerships...................................................................................... 18

22.......... Qualifying bodies.............................................................................. 19

23.......... Registered organisations under Schedule 1B to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 20

24.......... Employment agencies........................................................................ 21

25.......... Exemption for youth wages.............................................................. 22

Division 3—Discrimination in other areas                                                       23

26.......... Education.......................................................................................... 23

27.......... Access to premises............................................................................ 24

28.......... Goods, services and facilities............................................................ 24

29.......... Accommodation................................................................................ 25

30.......... Land.................................................................................................. 26

31.......... Administration of Commonwealth laws and programs..................... 26

32.......... Requests for information................................................................... 27

Division 4—General exemptions                                                                           28

33.......... Positive discrimination...................................................................... 28

34.......... Charities............................................................................................ 28

35.......... Religious bodies................................................................................ 29

36.......... Voluntary bodies............................................................................... 29

37.......... Superannuation, insurance and credit—actuarial data etc.................. 30

38.......... Superannuation legislation................................................................ 31

39.......... Direct compliance with laws, orders etc............................................ 31

40.......... Taxation laws.................................................................................... 33

41.......... Pensions, allowances and benefits etc............................................... 33

42.......... Health................................................................................................ 34

43.......... Migration and citizenship etc............................................................. 36

Division 5—Exemptions granted by Commission                                        37

44.......... Commission may grant exemptions.................................................. 37

45.......... Review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal.................................... 38

46.......... Notice of decisions to be published................................................... 38

47.......... Effect of exemptions......................................................................... 38

Part 5—Offences                                                                                                                   39

Division 1—General rules relating to offences                                              39

48.......... Application of the Criminal Code ..................................................... 39

49.......... Unlawful act not offence unless expressly provided......................... 39

Division 2—Specific offences                                                                                   40

50.......... Advertisements................................................................................. 40

51.......... Victimisation..................................................................................... 40

52.......... Failure to disclose source of actuarial or statistical data..................... 42

Part 6—Functions of Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission           44

53.......... Functions of the Commission........................................................... 44

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        46

54.......... Power to require source of actuarial data or statistical data................ 46

55.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 46

56.......... Liability of persons involved in unlawful acts................................... 46

57.......... Conduct by directors, employees and agents..................................... 46

58.......... Protection from civil actions.............................................................. 48

59.......... Unlawful act not basis of civil action unless expressly so provided.. 49

60.......... Non-disclosure of private information.............................................. 49

61.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 51

Schedule 1—Laws for which an exemption is provided by subsection 39(1)      52

 



This Bill originated in the House of Representatives; and, having this day passed, is now ready for presentation to the Senate for its concurrence.

I.C. HARRIS

Clerk of the House of Representatives

House of Representatives

26 November 2003

 

A Bill for an Act relating to discrimination on the ground of age

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule 1 Laws for which an exemption is provided by subsection 39(1)

   

   

Laws for which an exemption is provided by subsection 39(1)

Item

Law

1

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Reserves and Communities Self-management) Act 1978

2

Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976

3

Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986

4

Aboriginal Land (Lake Condah and Framlingham Forest) Act 1987

5

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976

6

Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975

7

Air Force Act 1923

8

Airports (Control of On-Airport Activities) Regulations 1997

9

Auditor-General Act 1997

10

Australian Hearing Services Act 1991

11

Australian Hearing Services Regulations 1992

12

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989

13

Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996

14

Australian Sports Drug Agency Regulations 1999

15

Australian War Memorial Regulations 1983

16

Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995

17

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

18

Corporations Act 2001

19

Crimes Act 1914

20

Criminal Code Act 1995

21

Defence Act 1903

22

Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955

23

Defence Instructions (General) , Defence Instructions (Navy) , Defence Instructions (Army) and Defence Instructions (Air Force) (within the meaning of section 9A of the Defence Act 1903 )

24

Defence (Personnel) Regulations 2002

25

Family Law Act 1975

26

Federal Magistrates Act 1999

27

Health Insurance Act 1973

28

Hearing Services Administration Act 1997

29

Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986

30

Marriage Act 1961

31

Motor Vehicle Standards Regulations 1989

32

National Health Act 1953

33

Native Title Act 1993

34

Naval Defence Act 1910

35

Office of National Assessments Act 1977

36

Ombudsman Act 1976

37

Papua New Guinea (Members of the Forces Benefits) Regulations

38

Passports Regulations 1939

39

Public Service Act 1999

40

Radiocommunications Act 1992

41

Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984

42

Resource Assessment Commission Act 1989

43

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

44

Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992

45

Therapeutic Goods Act 1989

46

Therapeutic Goods (Medical Devices) Regulations 2002

47

Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990

48

Workplace Relations Act 1996

(108/03)