Wesley College Melbourne Australia
Wesley College Melbourne

Important Notice

Posted 7 August 2018

Wesley students

Wesley College is seeking a further exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 through the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). The College is seeking the exemption in order to ensure a balanced ratio of boys and girls in the classroom.

At Wesley, now in our 40th year of coeducation, we strongly believe that a coeducational environment is best suited to the academic, personal and social development of students. We are an inclusive community, which welcomes and values students in all their diversity. Our dynamic coeducational offering is a key factor in parents’ decision to choose Wesley.  

To ensure a genuine coeducational experience, we have taken a proactive approach to attracting an equal number of girls and boys to the College. Since 1998, the College has sought, and received, exemption from relevant Victorian discrimination laws to maintain a gender balance.

As part of the exemption application process, it is a requirement by VCAT that the College issue the following public notification:   


Wesley College Melbourne (the applicant) has applied to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 to allow it to:

(a) advertise for students of a particular sex/gender identity to enter the school;

(b) structure its waiting lists on the basis of sex/gender identity;

(c) allocate student placements and offer enrolments to students of a particular sex/gender identity;

(d) offer bursaries and scholarships to students of a particular sex/gender identity; and

(e) advertise these matters,

so as to continue to promote, establish and maintain a sex/gender balance of students across the entire school.

The Tribunal will hear the application at 10.00am on 3 September 2018 at 55 King Street, Melbourne, Victoria.

If you want to make a submission to the Tribunal either for or against the Application you must send it in writing addressed to Human Rights List VCAT 223 William Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. Please quote reference H190/2018.

The closing date for submissions is 30 August 2018.

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