Archdiocese of Hobart - Annie Kenney Young Women's Emergency Accommodation Service

Application no: 18/11/025

Date granted: 27/11/2018

Date of expiry: 27/11/2021

Date advertised in Tasmanian Government Gazette: 12/12/2018

Relevant exceptions under the Act: Sections 25, 26, 27(1)(c), 27(1)(d)

Description

This exemption was granted to permit the Archdiocese of Hobart to advertise and employ women only in identified positions of Crisis Worker(s), Team Leader(s) and Manager(s) at the Annie Kenney Young Women's Emergency Accommodation Service. The exemption was granted on the basis that:

  • discrimination is for the purposes of operating the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Annie Kenney Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service for young women aged between 13-21 years who may be experiencing violence, homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless;
  • being a woman is a genuine occupational requirement of working with women who require crisis accommodation and other services provided by Archdiocese of Hobart’s Annie Kenney Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service because staff working in these roles all have regular personal contact with the young women accessing the crisis accommodation services and the young women may be facing homelessness due to family violence involving a male perpetrator;
  • accommodation facilities provided by the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Annie Kenney Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service are for women and girls aged between 13 and 21 years and, as such, include residents who are girls under the age of 18 years; and
  • the services provided are aimed at empowering young women by providing sufficient support to enable them to progress towards meeting their goals as identified from assessment and within their case plans.