WHIN Has Applied for an Exemption from Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)

23 November 2022

Women’s Health in the North Inc (the Applicant) has applied for an exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) (the Act). The Applicant seeks an exemption from the Act to allow it to undertake the following conduct:

  • advertise for and employ women and gender-diverse people only to work at Women’s Health in the North Inc;
  • advertise for and employ women and gender-diverse people only of a specified race or ethnic origin, or whose first language is a specified language other than English, to work in the organisation on specific projects targeted at groups of women and gender-diverse people of that race or ethnic origin, or whose first language is that language;
  • restrict individual membership of the organisation to women and gender diverse people only
  • require that organisations that are members of the Women’s’ Health in the North Inc be represented at meetings (whether they are present to attend, speak or vote) by women and gender-diverse people only.


“Women and gender-diverse people” include people who identify as women and people whose gender identity does not align with the gender assigned at birth.

“Gender-diverse” is inclusive of trans, non-binary, agender, intersex and other gender diverse individuals.

“Women and gender-diverse people” does not include individuals whose biological and gender identity is male and whose gender identity is male.


(the exempt conduct).


The Tribunal will hear the application at 10:00 AM on
24 January 2023 by teleconference.


Interested persons can attend by dialling 03 9137 8300
CODE 7002.


If you want to make a submission to the Tribunal either for or against the
application, you must send it in writing to humanrights@vcat.vic.gov.au
Please quote reference H318/2022.


The closing date for submissions is 22 December 2022.