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Current section 126A exemptions                

Section 126A exemptions apply to special needs programs, activities or facilities which promote access for certain groups of people affected by unlawful discrimination. 

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Below is a list of employers and their respective program exemptions.

Department or Organisation

Special Needs Program or Activity

Period of exemption

Aboriginal Women’s Legal Resource CentreAboriginal women’s legal service 7.7.1997 to indefinitely
Adult and Community Education - Byron Bay Inc and Jutta Kaspermusic course for women only 6.7.1999 to indefinitely
Armidale Women’s Housing Group Incaccommodation service for women and their dependant children 22.6.1999 to indefinitely
Bankstown City Council (Wran Leisure Centre)one hour women-only swimming sessions, twice a week 14.9.2011 to 13.9.2016 (5 years)
Bankstown Women’s Refuge and Resources Centre Ltdrefuge for women 22.6.1998 to indefinitely
Bathurst Women’s Housing Programme Inc.supported accommodation service for women and their accompanying children 14.8.1998 to indefinitely
​​Belle Fitness ​To provide fitness services for females only.​08.08.2014 to indefinitely
​​Blue Chilli Technology Pty​To invest in and provide training and development services to female entrepreneurs.​28.03.2017 to 27.03.2020
(3 years)
​​Bodyfit Gym​To operate a gymnasium and fitness centre for men only in the Chester Hill area.​15.03.2017 to indefinitely
Bodyline Spa & Sauna Pty Ltdgay venue for men 12.5.1998 to indefinitely
Boxing Bootcamp (ABN 71 575 858 379)To run men only boxing-fitness bootcamp classes 19.9.2011 to 18.9.2021
(ten years)
Boxing Bootcamp (ABN 71 575 858 379)To run women only boxing-fitness bootcamp classes 8.3.2011 to 7.3.2021
(10 years)
Campbelltown Legal CentreMacarthur Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme 4.9.1995 to indefinitely
Canterbury Bankstown City Council​To operate female only swimming sessions, twice a week at Wran Leisure Centre in Villawood.​15.03.2017 to 14.03.2022 (5 years)
Caringbah Women’s Health Information Centrehealth services for women only 16.3.2000 to indefinitely
Central Tablelands Housing Associationcrisis accommodation and support programs for women and their children 11.8.2008 to 11.8.2018
CHOICEShousing program for young single women 22.12.1998 to indefinitely
Contrary Mary Wimmin’s Refuge Inc.crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence 10.5.2001 to indefinitely
Corrective Servicesgender specific classification system for female inmates January 1997 to indefinitely
Council for AgeingOlder Men: New Ideas Project July 1998 to indefinitely
Curves NSW ACT Co-op LtdTo Advertise and operate women only fitness and weight management facilities and programs. Exemption applies to all listed members.12.10.2012 to indefinitely
Deli Women and Children's Centre IncWomen's refuge22.01.2009 to 21.01.2019
Department of Education and Trainingwork opportunities for women; career education for women14.12.1998 to indefinitely
​Department of Local Government​McIver’s Baths Coogee (women’s only baths, children to 13 years)​March 1995 to indefinitely
Department for Women​Rest Assured - a guide to assist rural women in finding secure and inexpensive accommodation in Sydney​​​24.2.1995 to indefinitely
​Department for Women​Women’s Grants Program​13.12.1994 to indefinitely
Disability Council of NSWto advertise and designate positions on the Council for people who have particular types of disabilities 4.10.2003 to indefinitely
Dubbo Emergency Accommodation Project Incwomen’s refuge 4.1.2000 to indefinitely
Dubbo Women’s Housing Programme Inc.housing programme for homeless women and their dependent children 2.12.2000 to indefinitely
Elsie Refuge for Women and Children Inc.refuge and halfway house for women and dependent children 23.8.2000 to indefinitely
Fitness First (ABN 71 575 858 379)To set aside designated women only areas within its unisex fitness centres, to between 15 and 20 in total. 14.7.2011
Remains in force until the certification is withdrawn
​Hard Core Gym (ACN 099 553 401)​To advertise and operate men only fitness and weight management facilities and programs.​09.03.2015 to indefinitely
Hawkesbury Community Legal CentreHawkesbury Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme 4.9.1995 to indefinitely
Hunter Community Legal CentreHunter Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme 5.2.1996 to indefinitely
Jenny’s Place Increfuge for women and their children only 15.2.1999 to indefinitely
Katakudu Women’s Housing Increfuge for women 25.5.1998 to indefinitely
Law Society of NSWTo provide pro bono legal services to eligible Indigenous members of the NSW Chamber of Commerce​​01.08.2014 to indefinitely
Legal Aid CommissionDomestic Violence Court Assistance Program March 1997 to indefinitely
Lesbian Space Community Legal Centrewomen’s only venue program 3.10.1996 to indefinitely
Lower Hunter Women’s Housing Association Inchousing program for women only and their accompanying children 3.3.1999 to indefinitely
Macarthur Elim Christian Church'Kuppa 'n' Kids' coffee morning and activities for women and children 3.8.2005 to 2.8.2015
Macquarie Legal Centre IncParramatta Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme June 1995 to indefinitely
Maritime Industry Union Local Govt. Clerks Association​ and Aust Social Welfare Union (NSW Branch)creation of 2 women’s positions Vice President (women) and Women’s Officer (Social and Community Services) 17.1.1995 to indefinitely
Marmalade Foundation LimitedLou's Place (respite services) 14.11.2014 to 13.11.2024
Molonglo Women & Children's Services Ltdcrisis accommodation and supported programs and associated services as a special needs program 13.8.2007 to 12.08.2017
(ten years)
Moree Women’s RefugeNgala House 25.5.1998 to indefinitely
​Mr Elkin​women’s only fitness centre​29.4.1996 to indefinitely
Ms Holder & Ms McFayden​women only bath house​18.1.1996 to indefinitely
​Ms Judy Laws​female gentle exercise classFebruary 1997 to indefinitely
​Ms O’Hare​Toongabbie Leisure Centre​24.4.1996 to indefinitely
Mullimbimby Women’s Information and Support NetworkMullimbimby Domestic Violence Support Service 13.5.1996 to indefinitely
Mullimbimby Neighbourhood CentreMullimbimby Women’s Festival 28.1.1997 to indefinitely
Murrane Women’s Housing Increfuge for women and their children only 15.2.1999 to indefinitely
Newcastle Family Support Servicemothers only and fathers only support groups 9.3.1998 to indefinitely
North Coast Festival of Women CommitteeNorth Coast Festival of Women 6.3.1998 to indefinitely
Northern Rivers Community Legal CentreRural Women’s Outreach Program 13.5.1996 to indefinitely
NSW Department of State and Regional Developmentto run it's Women in Business Programs 8.8.2002 to indefinitely
​NSW Department of Family and Community Services
To provide Domestic Violence Line services to women only
​11.7.2016 to indefinitely
Office of the Status of WomenNational Women’s Leadership Project run by the Australian Council of Business Women 22.6.1998 to indefinitely
​Patricia Hoyle and Assoc​iation
women at work discussion and support group
January 1997 to indefinitely​
Premier’s DepartmentSpokeswoman program 4.10.1995 to indefinitely
Richmond Fellowship of NSWTo run crisis accommodation and supported accommodation programs and associated services for women and their dependant children 22.03.2010 to 21.03.2020
Redfern Legal CentreWomen’s Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme Dec 1995 to indefinitely
RPA Sexual Health Service (Sydney South West Area Health Service)To run Aboriginal men's clinic and Aboriginal women's clinic 21 May 2008 indefinitely
Share (SMR) Learn for Life & Canterbury Aquatic Centregentle exercise class for women only 4.11.1996 to indefinitely
Shoalcoast Community Legal CentreTo provide legal and support service to Aboriginal women in family law and care and protection proceedings; and legal and support services to women in matters related to domestic violence and criminal assault matters. 7.1.2011 to 6.01.2021
Shebah Pty Ltd 
​To operate a ridesharing service in New South Wales for women, using only female drivers.
18.08.2017
Remains in force until the certification is withdrawn
Shoalhaven Neighbourhood Centremen’s support group project 16.8.1996 to indefinitely
Sirenswomen’s only nightclub and restaurant 18.12.1996 to indefinitely
Sisters Housing Enterprises Incorporatedto run a supported accommodation service as a special needs program for women and their dependent children 1.4.2003 to indefinitely
South West Sydney Legal CentreLiverpool Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme 25.9.1995 to indefinitely
Southern Cross UniXerox Shop Lismore Scholarship for women only 15.2.1999 to indefinitely
State Bank NSWwomen’s development training program May 1995 to indefinitely

Stealth Health and Fitness

To run women-only fitness classes

5.3.2013 to 4.3.2018

Stepping Out Housing Programaccommodation program 1.10.1998 to indefinitely
Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra​The provision of crisis and transition accommodation to women and their dependent in the Shoalhaven District​Indefinite period
TAFEto run Certificate II in Career Education and Employment for Women and Statement of Attainment - Work Opportunities for Women 14.12.98 to indefinitely
TAFE NSWto advertise and deliver the courses in the Access Employment Education and Training Qualifications package for women only 10.1.2007 to indefinitely
Total Image Fitnesswomen’s only fitness centre 15.2.1999 to indefinitely
Toukley Women’s Refuge IncSAAP for women 17.7.1998 to indefinitely
Tweed Shire Women’s Service Inc.health centre for women only 28.1.2001 to indefinitely
WILMA women’s health centrewomen only medical centre 9.3.1998 to indefinitely
Wimlah Refugerefuge for women 25.5.1998 to indefinitely ​
Wollongong Women's Refuge Inc "Lottie's Place"to provide accommodation and support services to women and their accompanying children only 17.10.2005 to 16.10.2015
Women Up North Housing Incorporated Incto enable it to provide accommodation for women only 30.10.2008 to 29.10.2018
(10 years) ​
Women in Community Legal Housing Ltdhousing program for women over 45 years 10.12.1998 to indefinitely
Women’s Health NSW (ABN 51392 627 790)covers 24 members associations in attached list 25.5.1998 to indefinitely
Women’s Housing Company Ltdaccommodation services for single women 23.9.1999 to indefinitely
Women’s Legal Resources LtdWomen’s Legal Resources Centre 4.8.1995 to indefinitely
Women’s Support NetworkLocal Women’s Day Festival 28.4.1999 to indefinitely
​​Yawarra Meamei Women's Group​Women's refuge​16.03.2012 to indefinitely
Young Peoples Refuge Increfuge for young women aged 13-17 years 12.5.1998 to indefinitely