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Susie rings an HR Manager to ask about a job that's being advertised. The job ad asks for a 'mature, experienced worker' and Susie explains that she's 21 and has reception experience. The HR manager tells her he thinks she is a bit young for the role.

Susie is being treated unfavourably because of her age, which is age discrimination.

In Victoria it is against the law to discriminate against you at work because of how old you are – or even how old someone else thinks you are.

What does the law say about age discrimination?

Discrimination can happen to people of any age, and the law covers all types of workers, including full-time, part-time, casual or temporary workers, trainees, apprentices and those on probation.

It’s not just employers either. It’s against the law for recruitment companies to discriminate against you because of your age.

It is also against the law to advertise a job in a discriminatory way, such as advertising for someone to join a ‘dynamic, young team’. Who says you have to be young to be dynamic?


Download free resources about age discrimination from the Commission, or visit our webpage about age discrimination in the workplace for more information.

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  • Brochure - Know your rights: Age discrimination

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In some cases there might be an exception. If you want to find out more about age discrimination Contact us

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