Employment based on age

Example 1

A theatre company wishes to stage James Barry's Peter Pan. Youth is a genuine occupational qualification or requirement for the starring role, so the company could discriminate against an applicant of advanced years who sought an audition.

Example 2

A 'youth wage' is payable for a training position in an office or factory. The Act provides for an exception to non-discrimination in employment on the attribute of age, where wage rates are based on age.

Example 3

A charity or job agency wants to set up an employment scheme directed at youth, between the ages of 16 and 24. It brings statistical evidence to show that youth are disadvantaged in the job market so require specific attention and opportunities, which the organisation will provide.