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Job application forms

Employers may ask people to complete application forms. Job application forms should only ask questions directly related to the ability to do the job.

Questions about personal characteristics such as:

could be considered discriminatory if they are not relevant to the job.

Questions about injury or disability

You can ask about disability, injury or health, but only in relation to a person's ability to do the job without placing themselves or others at risk. It is a good idea to state why you need the information. Applicants should reveal any conditions that would affect their ability to do the job.

If an applicant reveals that they have an injury or a disability, you should not assume they can't do the job. This could be disability discrimination. In an interview you could ask these questions:

  • Could your injury or disability impact on your ability to do the job?
  • Would you need additional assistance or equipment?
  • Can you perform the work required without endangering people?
  • Can you respond adequately to any likely emergency at work?

Including photographs

Asking applicants for photographs could be a request for discriminatory information. Photographs showing a person's race, age and sex could lead you to employ someone for reasons other than their ability to do the job.

There are exceptions, such as employers seeking models or actors with a particular look. It is your responsibility to show that requests for photographs are reasonable and will not lead to discrimination.

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