City Bans Men From Applying for $63,000-A-Year Street Sweeper Operator Job

An Australian city council has banned men from applying for a $63,000-a-year street sweeper operator job in order to create an "inclusive" organization.

Darebin City Council, in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria (Vic) state, opened the job to people identifying as "non-male" to apply for the position before it closes on September 16.

In the job advertisement, the city council asked for a street sweeper operator and stated it was open to women, non-binary and transgender persons.

The role requires the street sweeper operator to maintain cleanliness and general appearance of the council's footpaths, nature strips, roads, car parks and laneway cleaning.

In the job description, Darebin City Council said it was a "progressive leader in local government" and is "passionate about social inclusion."

It added: "We are proud of the diversity of our workforce and recognise the strength this provides in meeting the needs of the community we serve.

"We are committed to upholding a positive and supportive work environment that values the contribution of all employees and treats all employees with dignity and respect."

The job offers employees $63,000-a-year for the role, an estimated $46,522 dollars U.S. when converted.

Explaining why it had made the job open for non-male identified people, it said: "Council's workforce strategy is focused on achieving a diverse and inclusive organization that reflects our community.

"To help remove barriers, we are actively identifying some positions, in recognition that some groups are underrepresented in areas of our workforce."

It added: "This action constitutes a special measure under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

"Special measures aim to foster greater equality by supporting groups of people who face, or have faced, entrenched discrimination so they can have similar access to opportunities as others in the community."

The advert continued: "This position is specifically identified for people who identify as non-male (including women, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people)."

Newsweek has contacted Darebin City Council for comment.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., employers in some circumstances have declared they would "literally hire anyone" amid a labor shortage in the country.

Dave's Pizza, located in Homewood, Alabama, shared a banner on its Facebook page last month that said they were hiring.

The advert shared on the social media page said: "We will literally hire anyone. If you're on unemployment and can't find a job, call us: We'll hire you."

Men were banned from applying
Men were banned from applying for the position. Stock image. Recebin/Getty