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NSW Australian Consumer Law - Discrimination in Golf Club Membership Fees?

Discussion in 'Australian Consumer Law Forum' started by john croxson, 6 January 2016.

  1. john croxson

    john croxson Active Member

    23 November 2015
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    My golf club has sent out membership renewal. This year, it's $660, but if you are under 35 years of age it is $330. Is this or does this act to discriminate against those over the age of 35 under Australian Consumer Law?
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    Hi John,

    I don't know of anything under the ACL which would prevent this but it may be contrary to state or federal anti-discrimination legislation. Age discrimination is against the law, and occurs when there is a policy that disadvantages people in one age group rather than another – unless they can show that the policy is ‘reasonable in all the circumstances’.

    I would approach the golf course and bring it to their attention that they may be in breach of anti-discrimination legislation, and see what they say. If you can't resolve the matter, you can then lodge a compliant with the NSW anti-discrimination board.
  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

    28 April 2014
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    Probably not.
    It's a marketing device. Mirror reverse of a "pensioner discount"

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