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Exceptions to the rules

Sometimes it may be reasonable for shop owners and service providers to discriminate. In some circumstances, there may be good reasons to provide goods and services to certain groups of people.

South Australian equal opportunity laws allow for some exceptions to the usual rules. There are a number of exemptions built into the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) that allow discrimination in specific areas and activities.

Here are some examples.

  • You can provide services to people of a certain race, sex or age to overcome past disadvantages.
  • You can sometimes refuse service to a person with a disability if it would be unreasonable or too difficult to meet their requirements.
  • Under liquor licensing laws you can refuse to serve alcohol to people under 18 years of age.

Businesses may be allowed to offer special discounts or deals to people in certain age groups or with disabilities.

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