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No. 42 of 1995 Version incorporating amendments as at 28 April 2010 TABLE OF PROVISIONS Section Page PART 1-PRELIMINARY 1. Purposes 2. Commencement 3. Objectives 4. Definitions 5. Act binds the Crown PART 2-WHAT IS PROHIBITED DISCRIMINATION? 6. Attributes 7. Meaning of discrimination 8. Direct discrimination 9. Indirect discrimination 10. Motive is irrelevant to discrimination 11. Discrimination by acting with others and by not acting 12. Exceptions and exemptions PART 3-WHEN IS DISCRIMINATION PROHIBITED? Division 1-Discrimination in employment 13. Discrimination against job applicants 13A. Employer must accommodate responsibilities as parent or carer of person offered employment 14. Discrimination against employees 14A. Employer must accommodate employee's responsibilities as parent or carer 15. Discrimination against contract workers 15A. Principal must accommodate contract worker's responsibilities as parent or carer 16. Exception-domestic or personal services 17. Exception-genuine occupational requirements 18. Exception-political employment 19. Exception-welfare services 20. Exception-family employment 21. Exception-small business 22. Exception-special services or facilities 23. Exception-reasonable terms of employment 24. Exception-standards of dress and behaviour 25. Exception-care of children 26. Exception-compulsory retirement of judicial officers 27. Exception-youth wages 27A. Exception-early retirement schemes 27B. Exception-gender identity 28. Exemption-single sex accommodation 29. Repealed Division 2-Discrimination in employment-related areas 30. Discrimination in establishing firms 31. Discrimination by firms 31A. Firm must accommodate responsibilities as parent or carer of person invited to become a partner or of a partner 32. Exception-special services or facilities 33. Exception-reasonable terms of partnership 34. Discrimination by industrial organisations 35. Discrimination by qualifying bodies 36. Exception-reasonable terms of qualification Division 3-Discrimination in education 37. Discrimination by educational authorities 38. Exception-educational institutions for particular groups 39. Exception-special services or facilities 40. Exception-standards of dress and behaviour 41. Exception-age-based admission schemes and age quotas Division 4-Discrimination in the provision of goods and services and disposal of land 42. Discrimination in the provision of goods and services 43. Exception-insurance 44. Exception-credit providers 45. Exception-supervision of children 46. Exception-special manner of providing a service 47. Discrimination in the disposal of land 48. Exception-disposal by will or gift Division 5-Discrimination in accommodation 49. Discrimination in offering to provide accommodation 50. Discrimination in providing accommodation 51. Discrimination by refusing to allow alterations 52. Discrimination by refusing to allow guide dogs 53. Exception-accommodation unsuitable for children 54. Exception-shared accommodation 55. Exception-welfare measures 56. Exception-accommodation for students 57. Exception-accommodation for commercial sexual services 58. Application of this Division Division 6-Discrimination by clubs and club members 59. Discrimination against applicants for membership 60. Discrimination against club members 61. Exception-clubs for disadvantaged people or minority cultures 62. Exception-clubs and benefits for particular age groups 63. Exception-separate access to benefits for men and women Division 7-Discrimination in sport 64. Definitions 65. Discrimination in sport 66. Exception-competitive sporting activities Division 8-Discrimination in local government 67. Discrimination by councillors 68. Exception-political belief or activity PART 4-GENERAL EXCEPTIONS TO AND EXEMPTIONS FROM THE PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION 69. Things done with statutory authority 70. Things done to comply with orders of courts and tribunals 71. Pensions 72. Superannuation-existing fund conditions 73. Superannuation-new fund conditions 74. Charities 75. Religious bodies 76. Religious schools 77. Religious beliefs or principles 78. Private clubs 79. Legal incapacity and age of majority 80. Protection of health, safety and property 81. Age benefits and concessions 82. Welfare measures and special needs 83. Exemptions by the Tribunal 84. Exemptions to allow compulsory retirement in the public sector PART 5-PROHIBITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT 85. What is sexual harassment? 86. Harassment by employers and employees 87. Harassment in common workplaces 88. Harassment by partners 89. Harassment in industrial organisations 90. Harassment by members of qualifying bodies 91. Harassment in educational institutions 92. Harassment in the provision of goods and services 93. Harassment in the provision of accommodation 94. Harassment in clubs 95. Harassment in local government PART 6-PROHIBITION OF OTHER CONDUCT AND VICARIOUS LIABILITY FOR DISCRIMINATION Division 1-Victimisation 96. Prohibition of victimisation 97. What is victimisation? Division 2-Authorising or assisting discrimination 98. Prohibition of authorising or assisting discrimination 99. Liability of person who authorises or assists Division 3-Discriminatory requests for information 100. Prohibition on requesting discriminatory information 101. Exception-information required for non-discriminatory purposes Division 4-Vicarious liability 102. Vicarious liability of employers and principals 103. Exception to vicarious liability PART 7-COMPLAINTS AND THEIR RESOLUTION Division 1-Making a complaint 104. Who may complain? 105. How to complain 106. Commissioner must assist complainants Division 2-Procedure after a complaint is made 107. Commissioner must notify respondent 108. Commissioner may decline to entertain some complaints 109. Respondent may apply to Tribunal to strike out complaint or any part of complaint 110. Commissioner may dismiss a stale complaint 111. Minister may refer a complaint direct to Tribunal 112. Commissioner to refer complaints for conciliation 113. What happens if conciliation is inappropriate? Division 3-Conciliation of complaints 114. Conciliation by the Commissioner 115. Conciliation agreements 116. Evidence of conciliation is inadmissible 117. What happens if conciliation fails or is inappropriate? 118. Complaints about the conduct of conciliation Division 4-Expedited complaints 119. Application to have a complaint expedited 120. Grounds for expediting a complaint 121. Review of Commissioner's determination 122. Time limits for conciliation of expedited complaints 123. Time limit for referring expedited complaints to Tribunal 124. Party may apply for referral to Tribunal without conciliation Division 5-Special complaints 125. What is a special complaint? 126. Factors to be considered by Tribunal in proceedings involving special complaints 127-130 Repealed Division 6-Interim orders 131. Tribunal may make interim orders before hearing 132, 133 Repealed Division 7-Jurisdiction of the Tribunal 134. When may the Tribunal hear a complaint? 134A. Who are the parties to a proceeding? 135. Time limits for expedited complaints 136. What may the Tribunal decide? Division 8-Miscellaneous 137. Complaint etc. made to Commission taken to be made to Commissioner 138-140 Repealed Divisions 8-10-Repealed 141-155 Repealed PART 8-INVESTIGATIONS BY THE COMMISSION AND TRIBUNAL 156. How may an investigation be initiated? 157. What matters may be investigated? 158. How is an investigation conducted? 159. Inquiries and orders by the Tribunal PART 9-VICTORIAN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION Division 1-The Commission 160. Continuation of Commission 161. Functions and powers of Commission 162. Commission's educative and research functions Division 2-The Board 163. Constitution and functions of Board 164. Terms of appointment of appointed members 165. Resignation and removal 166. Acting appointments 167. Payment of members 168. Procedure of Board 169. Effect of vacancy or defect Division 3-The Commissioner 170. Appointment and role of Commissioner 171. Terms of appointment 172. Resignation and removal 172A. Repealed 173. Acting Commissioner 174. Payment of Commissioner Division 4-General provisions 175. Staff of Commission 176. Delegation 177. Secrecy 178. Protection from liability 179. Annual reports 180-194 Repealed PART 10-OFFENCES Division 1-Discriminatory advertising 195. Offence of discriminatory advertising 196. Defence 197. Proceedings for the offence of discriminatory advertising Division 2-Other offences 198-200 Repealed 201. Compliance with notice to attend or produce documents 202. Obstructing Commission 203. False or misleading information 204. Protection against self-incrimination 205. Offences are to be dealt with summarily 206. Who may bring proceedings for offences? PART 11-GENERAL 207. Review of Victorian legislation 208. Proceedings against unincorporated associations 209. Contravention does not create civil or criminal liability 210. Protection of people giving evidence and information 211. Supreme Court-limitation of jurisdiction 212. Regulations PART 12-REPEALS, AMENDMENTS AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS 213. Definitions 214. Repealed 215. Commission members to continue in office 216. Repealed 217. Dealing with complaints already lodged 218. Dealing with new complaints 219. Current investigations and inquiries 220. Repealed 221. Temporary exemptions continue 222. References to the Board 222A. Transitional 223. Transitional provisions-Equal Opportunity (Breastfeeding) Act 2000. 224. Transitional provisions-Equal Opportunity (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation) Act 2000. 225. Transitional provision-Equal Opportunity and Tolerance Legislation (Amendment) Act 2006. 226. Transitional provision-Justice Legislation (Further Amendment) Act 2006. 227. Transitional provisions-Equal Opportunity Amendment (Governance) Act 2009. 228. Additional transitional provision-Equal Opportunity Amendment (Governance) Act 2009. PART 13-Repealed __________________ 1, 2-Repealed --------------- ENDNOTES 1. General Information 2. Table of Amendments 3. Explanatory Details