Category Archives: Equal Rights

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act introduced

The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 came into effect. The Act required a range of organisations with more than 100 people to establish a workplace program to remove the barriers to women entering and advancing in … Continue reading

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The Queensland Anti Discrimination Act and Australian Capital Territory Discrimination Act Passed

The Queensland Anti Discrimination Act and Australian Capital Territory Discrimination Act were passed, which promotes equal opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination

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Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986

The Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986 required certain employers to promote equal opportunity for women in employment, and to establish the office of the Director of Affirmative Action, and for related purposes. It was superseded by … Continue reading

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Pamela O’Neill becomes first Sex Discrimination Commissioner

After enacting the Federal Sex Discrimination Act (1984) Pamela O’Neill becomes the first Sex Discrimination Commissioner. Pamela was a trained biochemist before being elected to the Northern Territory Government, and then appointed to the position of Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner. … Continue reading

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Federal Sex Discrimination Act 1984

Sex Discrimination Act 1984 passed by the Federal Government. This made discrimination on the basis of gender, pregnancy and marital status illegal in Australia.

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Australia ratifies CEDAW

Australia signed on to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1983.  Often described as an international bill of rights for women, it was adopted in 1979 by the UN General … Continue reading

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Deborah Wardley won the right to be employed as a pilot by Ansett in a case heard by the Victorian Equal Opportunity Board.

Deborah Wardley, a qualified pilot and flying instructor, sent in the first of many applications to Ansett Airlines. It was not until after a prolonged battle through the new Victorian Equal Opportunity Board (now VCAT) and later the Supreme and … Continue reading

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First sex discrimination Act passed in South Australia

The first sex discrimination Act in Australia was passed by the South Australian parliament in 1975. Other states followed.  The Act prohibited sex or marital status discrimination, including de facto relationships, in employment, education, providing goods and services, accommodation, clubs … Continue reading

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“Equal pay for work of equal value”

Commission extension of equal pay concept to ‘equal pay for work of equal value’ to be fully implemented by 1975.

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Bank of New South Wales grants loans to women without requiring a male guarantor

Following a campaign from women’s liberation activists, in early 1971 the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac) became the first to grant loans to women without requiring a male guarantor.

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