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Conciliation Register

Act Sex Discrimination Act
Grounds Sex
Areas Clubs/incorporated associations
Outcome details

Club membership/benefits provided 
Policy change/Change in practice

Year

The complainant is a woman and alleged the respondent bowls club did not admit women as full members.

The bowls club claimed that its constitution empowered and allowed its male-only committee to deny women full membership to the club.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the club accept the Complainant’s application for full membership and an acknowledgement by the club that women are entitled to full membership of the club.
 

Act Sex Discrimination Act
Grounds Sexual harassment
Areas Accommodation
Outcome details

Compensation

Amount $15,000
Year

The respondent provided accommodation to the complainant, who was a distant relative from overseas. The complainant alleged the respondent sexually harassed her, including by making sexual comments, sending sexual text messages, showing her pornographic images and saying he would not have invited her to come live with him if he knew she would not have sex with him.

On being informed of the complaint, the respondent agreed to participate in conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the respondent pay the complainant $15,000 as general damages.

Act Sex Discrimination Act
Grounds Sex
Sexual harassment
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Apology 
Compensation

Amount $55,000
Year

The complainant was engaged in fly-in fly-out work for the respondent mining company. She alleged male team members and team leaders discriminated against her because of her sex and sexually harassed her, including by touching her buttocks, making comments of a sexual nature, and touching each other on the buttocks and penis. The complainant said she did not feel safe in the workplace and resigned because she felt she had no other option.

On being notified of the complaint, the mining company agreed to participate in conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the mining company pay the complainant $55,000 and write to her apologising for the events giving rise to the complaint.
 

Act Sex Discrimination Act
Grounds Gender identity
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Apology - Private 
Anti-discrimination/EEO training reviewed/revised

Year

The complainant is a transgender woman. She alleged that a staff member of the respondent supermarket told her she was not a woman and laughed at her for wearing a dress.

On being advised of the complaint, the supermarket indicated a willingness to try to resolve the complaint by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the supermarket apologise to the complainant for the events giving rise to the complaint and take the opportunity to remind staff of their obligations to treat all customers with dignity and respect.

Act Sex Discrimination Act
Grounds Sex
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Revised terms and conditions

Year

The complainant worked for a community organisation and alleged that a volunteer stroked her arm and embraced her without her consent at a work event. She said she reported the incident to the organisation and the police. She said the organisation found that the volunteer had breached its Code of Conduct but allowed him to keep working with the organisation. She alleged the matter would have been handled differently if she had been a man.

The community organisation denied discriminating against the complainant but agreed to participate in conciliation.

The complaint was resolved. The community organisation undertook to educate staff on harassment, review its policies and procedures on responding to reports of harassment, and make clear announcements about any changes to policy or procedure. The organisation also undertook to take steps to improve the conduct of volunteers, including developing selection criteria for volunteers, updating the Code of Conduct for volunteers, properly briefing volunteers on their obligations under the Code of Conduct, and developing a process to addressed alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by volunteers.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation 
Statement of service
Statement of regret

Amount $2,000
Year

The complainant has schizophrenia and a back injury and was employed in an IT role with the respondent government agency. He alleged he was treated less favourably because he has schizophrenia, including by being excluded from the workplace, being given excessive work to perform at home, having his personal property tampered with and being referred to as ‘weird’. He also alleged the agency failed to accommodate his back injury, including not allowing him to sit during standing meetings, not letting him work part-time and failing to provide easier access to bathroom facilities.

The agency claimed it made reasonable adjustments to accommodate the complainant’s back injury in line with his treating doctor’s recommendations. The agency said it only became aware the complainant has schizophrenia when he undertook a fitness for duty assessment after commencing leave due to ill health. The complainant subsequently resigned.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the agency write to the complainant expressing regret for the distress he reported, provide him with a statement of service and pay him $2,000 in compensation for non-economic loss.
 

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Unlawful to contravene Disability Standards
Areas Education
Outcome details

Apology - Private 
Compensation 
Policy change/Change in practice 

Year

The complainant has an intellectual disability and was enrolled in a course with the respondent vocational training provider to attain a qualification in aged care. She alleged she was refused an extension of time to complete the course requirements to accommodate her disability and her enrolment was terminated.

On being notified of the complaint, the training organisation indicated a willingness to try to resolve the matter by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the training organisation take proactive steps to ensure that students who disclose a learning or cognitive disability understand the requirements of the course in which they have enrolled and their ability to ask for adjustments to accommodate their disability. The training organisation also agreed to write to the complainant apologising for the distress she experienced as a result of the breakdown in communication, provide her with a statement of attainment for units completed and offer her a $250 voucher for a service that provides assistance in resume development and other job seeking skills.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Sport
Outcome details

Policy change/Change in practice

Year

The complainant has arthritis and is unable to stand for extended periods. He alleged the respondent bowling club declined his request to have a small folding chair on the green while playing the position of ‘skipper’ in order to help him manage the pain associated with his disability.

The bowling club said it declined the request because a chair on the green would present a risk to the safety of players. The club noted all players have access to chairs off the green and the skipper is not required to be on the green at all times. The club proposed the use of a different aid approved by the national sporting authority.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the complainant develop an alternative disability aid and the club consider approval of the aid for use in the sport.

Act Age Discrimination Act
Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Age
Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Revised terms and conditions

Year

The complainant was 69 years of age and has osteoarthritis. He said his local supermarket changed its payment policy to only allow payment by credit or debit card. He alleged this practice was discriminatory because older persons and persons with disability were more likely to experience difficulties in obtaining and using credit and/or debit cards.

The respondent supermarket advised it conducted a trial of card-only payment systems in some of these stores. The supermarket advised the trial had concluded and all stores accepted cash payments. The supermarket said that it appreciated that it may have moved ahead of community expectations and that not all customers felt welcome using card-only payment systems.

The complainant advised he considered his complaint resolved based on the supermarket’s assurances that all stores once again accepted cash payments.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Assistance animal
Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Compensation
Anti-discrimination/EEO policy reviewed/revised 
Anti-discrimination/EEO training introduced 
Training - other 

Year

The complainant is deafblind and uses a guide dog. She alleged that when she attended the respondent restaurant with her family, she was told she could not bring her ‘pet dog’ into the restaurant despite informing staff it was a guide dog. She alleged the owner asked her and her family to sit in a different section of the restaurant and then called the police.

The restaurant denied discriminating against the complainant, saying a dispute arose regarding changes to seating arrangements arising from COVID-19 restrictions.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the restaurant offer the complainant and her family a $120 voucher. It was also agreed that the complainant would review the restaurant’s assistance animal policy and provide feedback. The complainant agreed to provide the restaurant with a one-hour training session on assistance animals at a cost of $440.
 

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Assistance animal
Disability
Areas Access to premises
Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Compensation

Amount $5,000
Year

The complainant has an assistance animal and sought to make a booking at the respondent hotel. He alleged the hotel told him his assistance animal would not be able to stay in his room. He claimed the hotel declined to consider evidence that his dog is an assistance animal.

On being notified of the complaint, the hotel indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the hotel pay the complainant $5000 and offer him one free night’s accommodation in the hotel.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Unlawful to contravene Disability Standards
Areas Disability Standards
Education
Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Revised terms and conditions
Adjustments provided
 

Year

The complainant has post-traumatic stress disorder and was a student at the respondent vocational training organisation. He alleged he was required to undertake a video assessment for a subject, which he was unable to do because of his disability.

The training organisation said that the training package and the standards imposed on it by the third-party regulator, required the respondent to be satisfied of a student's competency to meet the course requirements. In light of this, the respondent determined that the only way to meet its obligations was to have an assessor observe the student doing the assessment task. 

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the complainant would engage with the respondent’s disability support unit to explore adjustments that could be provided to enable the complainant to safely undertake the video assessment. The respondent also undertook to assess whether an assessor could safely be sent to the complainant’s workplace and to provide the complainant with a single contact point moving forward.
 

Act Racial Discrimination Act
Grounds Colour
Ethnic origin
National origin/extraction
Race
Areas Employment
Other section 9
Outcome details

Other opportunity provided 
Revised terms and conditions 

Year

The complainant is from Sri Lanka and was employed as a casual team member at the respondent supermarket. He alleged the respondent manager reduced his shifts while employing new Anglo-Saxon/white Australian staff. He also alleged Anglo-Saxon/white Australian staff were allocated less onerous duties, such as selling cigarettes and newspapers and monitoring self-checkout counters as opposed to packing bags or heavy lifting. The complainant further alleged the respondent manager intervened to prevent him from attending a leadership workshop. 

The supermarket claimed that the complainant was not the only employee whose shifts were reduced during the relevant time period. The supermarket said that new staff members were offered more shifts and more varied work tasks because the complainant's own availability was restricted due to his study commitments outside of work. The supermarket said that the complainant was not eligible for the leadership workshop because of his casual employment status.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the supermarket offer the complainant a permanent part-time role and train him in, and deploy him to, a broader variety of tasks. 

Act Sex Discrimination Act
Grounds Gender identity
Intersex status
Sex
Sexual orientation
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Donation to charity 
Revised terms and conditions 
Material removed from website/other publication 
Policy change/Change in practice

Year

The complainant’s sex assigned at birth was female but they identify as non-binary/gender-fluid and is attracted to women. The complainant wished to attend an event hosted by the respondent. The website stated that the dress code was formal and that women must wear a dress and men must wear pants. The complainant alleged the respondent declined their request to wear a shirt and pants.

The respondent denied discriminating against the complainant but indicated a willingness to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the respondent allow event participants to wear formal attire that reflects their gender identity and advise any participants who had made enquiries about the dress code of this change in policy. The respondent also undertook to remove statements about the requirement for women to wear dresses and men to wear pants from its website and to donate an amount equivalent to the cost of the complainant’s ticket to an agreed charity.

Act Disability Discrimination Act
Grounds Disability
Areas Goods, services and facilities
Outcome details

Revised terms and conditions 
Policy change/Change in practice

Year

The complainant has paraplegia and sought to obtain a motorcycle licence. The complainant is unable to ride a two-wheeled motorcycle because of his disability and instead sought to ride a three-wheeled motorcycle modified to allow him to ride it. He alleged the respondent government agency informed him there was no valid path available for doing a test on a three wheeled motorcycle and he would first have to do a course on a two wheeled motorcycle. 

On being informed of the complaint, the agency indicated a willingness to try to resolve the complaint by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an undertaking by the agency to create a licence testing pathway for those who wish to ride a three wheeled motorcycle.

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