A Perth small business came under fire last week after advertising a job – with the line ‘no bogans need apply’.
“We are seeking an international student for admin and driving role for family business,” said the ad, which was posted in the jobs section on Gumtree.
“12-15 hours per week and must be a computer whizz with full driver’s license. Must have good references. Drug free, also child and pet friendly. No bogans or rough people need apply.”
The ad went viral as people debated whether the request was legal or not.
No bogans allowed
So what did WA Equal Opportunity Commission Acting Commissioner John Byrne think?
He’s stated the bogan reference is not against the Equal Opportunity Act – but asking for an ‘international student’ could be.
“Presumably, this employer would reject an application from a student who was not an international student, but if the employer’s decision was based on the race of the applicant, including the person’s ethnic or national origin, it might be unlawful,” he told News.com.au.
Looks like Shane Warne’s out of a job then.