Sustainability-related Regulations Database

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Sex Discrimination Act 1984

Description: A short description of the legislation.

The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 is a crucial Australian law that aims to prevent discrimination based on sex, marital status, pregnancy, or potential pregnancy, and to promote gender equality. It extends to various aspects of public life, including employment, education, provision of goods and services, and accommodation. The Act also encompasses sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of family responsibilities. Enforced by the Australian Human Rights Commission, it plays a vital role in addressing and reducing gender-based discrimination, ensuring that individuals have equal opportunities and are treated fairly regardless of their gender, thereby contributing to a more equitable society.

Application to Australian agriculture: Where the legislation is applicable.

The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 impacts the agriculture industry in Australia by ensuring equal treatment and opportunities for all genders in employment, training, and career advancement. This promotes a more diverse and inclusive workforce in agriculture, challenging traditional gender roles and encouraging participation from a broader talent pool.

Compliance information: Often the evidence of compliance against a piece of legislation is that there is not a breach of the Act. Where appropriate, the developers of this database have listed evidence which could be used to show compliance if a breach was to be found. Many Best Management Practice (BMP) schemes and other certifications in Australian agriculture include this evidence for accreditation.

The following documentation/information is required to provide evidence of compliance.

(1) Diverse Sex Representation (2) Equal Opportunities (3) Training Records (4) Complaints Handling (5) Policy Documents

Additional information: The entity this legislation originates from.

Australian Human Rights Commission →

Source documents: Links to the legislation documents.