We answered a job ad seeking "busty" staff who "don't wear knickers". Here's what happened.

Disgraceful job advertisements seeking female administration assistants in Melbourne who are “busty” or “love wearing G-strings” have emerged online.

A user of classifieds website Locanto has posted a series of employment ads, under the username ‘Jobmelb’, that do not contain any information on the company, hours or wages.

Instead, they specify they are seeking female office administrators with a “fun, open-minded attitude” who can perform duties including typing, answering phones, diary management, dealing with clients.

Oh, and unless you are “busty” or don’t enjoy wearing skimpy underwear then maybe don’t bother applying.

They go so far as to state they “love females in a G-string at work”, while another ad crudely claims “no knickers to work is required”.

Click the photos below to see the ads. (Post continues after gallery.)


One of the six notices suggests the business could be a finance company dealing with personal and home loans.

Mamamia contacted the person behind the ads to request more information about the company name, wages, conditions and the reason for the vulgar requirements — normal queries one might expect from a job applicant.

However they avoided answering questions and steered the conversation away from their business by demanding, “tell me more about you, and your experience”.

After further probing from Mamamia, they eventually refused to respond.

University of Melbourne Law School Professor Beth Gaze said the ads — even if it were possible whoever was behind them wasn’t serious — were “ridiculous”.

The employment law expert said responsibility should fall on both the advertiser and the classifieds website because the ads were “completely unacceptable”.

“They’re inappropriate. G-strings have got nothing to do with the (office) workplace,” Prof Gaze.


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Prof Gaze said there was no legal ban on specific language but it was unlawful to publish an ad that "indicates intention" to discriminate -- for example by wanting only female applicants.

She urged job-seekers to be wary of dodgy employment ads.

"It is completely unfair on young people desperate for a job because it's very exploitative and they may be desperate enough to take it seriously, " Prof Gaze said.

"And (in this case) it looks like potential sexual harassment being flagged up front."

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins could not be drawn on these specific job ads but warned that the Sex Discrimination Act "does have provisions prohibiting discriminatory advertisements."

"I want to be very clear that sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful and discriminatory language is completely out of step with the standards that we would expect from any modern workplace," Ms Jenkins said.

A spokesperson for the Fair Work Ombudsman also said the job ads were concerning but was unable to comment on the laws applying to this specific situation before conducting an independent assessment.

"The job advertisements do raise concerns and I have forwarded them through to the relevant Fair Work Ombudsman compliance team for their assessment," they said.

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee or prospective employee on the basis of their sex.

Physical appearance is not a protected attribute under the Fair Work Act, but requirements linked to physical appearance could breach state discrimination laws.

Mamamia has asked the employer for a statement explaining their advertisements and contacted Locanto for comment on their screening processes.

Any employer or employee seeking advice or assistance can visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for advice.