JobMaker Scheme and age preferences

Here’s an important update regarding the recently announced JobMaker Scheme in reply to an earlier question whether employers can use the age of candidates when advertising and/or selecting candidates. See post here:

In case you missed it here’s the link to the JobMaker Scheme

The Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth) (ADA) includes a number of exemptions, which means that some acts are not considered unlawful discrimination if the exemption applies.

There is an exemption for Commonwealth employment programs under section 41A of the ADA. Essentially, it states that anything done by a person in accordance with an exempted employment program will not be unlawful.

It would appear any employment or recruitment activity that specifies the target age groups of the JobMaker Scheme would not be unlawful.

If you are seeking to engage a new member of your team under the JobMaker Scheme before you commence any advertising you should first ensure you are eligible.

Your advertisements should also include specific information to inform candidates, beyond any reasonable doubt, your target age groups as well as clearly listing the other conditions to ensure only eligible candidates apply.

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