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Original name: Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999; Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986
Name: Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (No. 91, 1986).
Country: Australia
Subject(s): Equality of opportunity and treatment
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1986-09-03
Entry into force:
Published on: Printed separately, 16 p.
ISN: AUS-1986-L-2947
Bibliography: Printed separately, 16 p.
Legislation on-line Legislation on-line ComLaw, Attorney General's Department, Australia PDF of Act as amended to Act No. 5, 2015 PDF of Act as amended to Act No. 5, 2015 (consulted on 2011-11-24)
Abstract/Citation: The Act requires designated employers (private employers with 100 or more employees in Australia, and institutions of higher education) to develop affirmative action programmes. These programmes shall be designed to ensure that appropriate measures and action are taken to eliminate discrimination against women and to promote equal opportunity for them. The contents of the programme shall include policy statements, designation of persons responsible for implementing the programme, consultation with trade unions and employees, collection and recording of statistics, examination of policies and practices tending to discriminate, establishment of quantitative objectives and estimates, and monitoring and evaluation. Employers are required to report on these matters. The Act sets up the post of Director of Affirmative Action, whose functions and powers are defined.
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