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Can we discriminate against bogans? The answer is yes


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

Looks like Shane Warne’s out of a job then.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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