Section 18

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(1) It is unlawful for an employer or a person acting or purporting to act on behalf of an employer to discriminate against a person on the ground of the other person’s age:

(a)  in the arrangements made for the purpose of determining who should be offered employment; or

(b)  in determining who should be offered employment; or

(c)  in the terms or conditions on which employment is offered.

(2)  It is unlawful for an employer or a person acting or purporting to act on behalf of an employer to discriminate against an employee on the ground of the employee’s age:

(a)  in the terms or conditions of employment that the employer affords the employee; or

(b)  by denying the employee access, or limiting the employee’s access, to opportunities for promotion, transfer or training, or to any other benefits associated with employment; or

(c)  by dismissing the employee; or

(d)  by subjecting the employee to any other detriment.

Law / September 2005 / Australia / Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth)

The objects of this Act are:

(a)  to eliminate, as far as possible, discrimination against persons on the ground of age in the areas of work, education, access to premises, the provision of goods, services and facilities, accommodation, the disposal of land, the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs and requests for information; and

(b)  to ensure, as far as practicable, that everyone has the same rights to equality before the law, regardless of age, as the rest of the community; and

(c)  to allow appropriate benefits and other assistance to be given to people of a certain age, particularly younger and older persons, in recognition of their particular circumstances; and

(d)  to promote recognition and acceptance within the community of the principle that people of all ages have the same fundamental rights; and

(e)  to respond to demographic change by:
(i)  removing barriers to older people participating in society, particularly in the workforce; and
(ii)  changing negative stereotypes about older people;
bearing in mind the international commitment to eliminate age discrimination reflected in the Political Declaration adopted in Madrid, Spain on 12 April 2002 by the Second World Assembly on Ageing.