Job application forms
Job application forms are sometimes used by employers and recruitment agencies to select workers. Job application forms should only ask questions directly related to your ability to do the job.
Questions about personal characteristics such as:
- association with a child
- caring responsibilities
- chosen gender
- marital or domestic partnership status
- religious appearance or dress (in work or study)
- spouse or partner's identity
could be considered discriminatory if they are not relevant to the job.
Job application forms might ask about your past WorkCover claims, injuries or health. You should reveal any conditions that would affect your ability to do the job. If you have had health issues or work injuries that won’t affect the job, make a clear, accurate statement such as: "My health condition does not prevent me from carrying out the duties listed" or "I will provide further details at an interview".
If the form doesn't say why the employer needs the information, you could leave that part blank. If the employer later asks why you did this, you could say you didn’t see the relevance and ask them why they need that information.
If you think you have been discriminated against as a result of filling in a job application form, contact us for advice.
Last updated on 1 July, 2011 - 15:46.
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