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2013 Training Calendar now available!

The Equal Opportunity Commission's February - June 2013 Training Calendar is now available. For more details or to book a course, go to our Current Training Courses page.

A Switch in Time: restoring respect to Australian politics

On Monday 19 November 2012, the Don Dunstan Foundation and the Victorian Women’s Trust presented A Switch in Time: restoring respect to Australian politics.

Is bad behaviour in Australian politics threatening our democracy? Sexism, inflammatory journalism and political inaccuracies are taking their toll on ‘having a fair go’. The time has come to take a stand and to restore respect for democratic principles and work for the common good.

YWCA’s SHE Speaks Survey

YWCA’s SHE Speaks Survey asks you for your views on women, leadership and living life in our community.

It will only take ten minutes - and it will inform what the YWCA say to politicians, how the YWCA deliver services and programs to you, and will raise your voice in the media.

If you are female in the age range of 15-30, please complete the SHE Speaks Survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/DKVDBBY

Sexual Harassment still widespread

Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, released Working without fear: Results of the sexual harassment national telephone survey 2012 on 30 October, which shows that sexual harassment is not only widespread in Australian workplaces, but that progress in addressing it has stalled.

2011-12 Annual Report now available

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Our annual report is available online now! Read about the work we have been doing in 2011-12, including:

  • welcoming new Commissioner Anne Gale
  • Anti-Racism Consultations in South Australia
  • handling increased numbers of discrimination complaints
  • improving outcomes for older workers
  • hosting the National Conciliators Conference

Download the 2011-12 Annual Report (PDF - 1.7MB)

Age discrimination – where do you ‘Drew’ the line?

A documentary featuring the exploits of a young South Australian at work has recently surfaced on the internet. His attitudes have generated some interesting reactions and commentary about ageist behaviour…what do you think? Have a look at YouTube - SA Stories, Pilot, Drew Barrington?

Findings of survey into mature-age workers released

The Australian Government has released the findings of the first national survey of the employment barriers faced by mature-age workers, commissioned to help inform policies to attract more mature-age workers into the workforce.

For more information, visit: www.deewr.gov.au/Employment/Programs/ExpPlus/Pages/SurveyandForumReportReleased.aspx

A White Ribbon message for workplaces

White Ribbon has launched a National Workplace Program to help stop violence against women with an online video campaign.

The video, created by Storyhead, features interviews with prominent Australians including the chief of army, David Morrison and the sex discrimination commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

National Anti-Racism Strategy launched

Racism. It Stops with Me

On 24 August 2012, Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke unveiled the National Anti-Racism Strategy in Melbourne, alongside the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy.

The launch of the Strategy is the culmination of an extensive public consultation process, led by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

New Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

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The Equal Opportunity Commission is pleased to announce that Anne Gale has been appointed as South Australia’s next Commissioner for Equal Opportunity.

Ms Gale was previously the Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in Consumer and Business Services. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in 2009, Ms Gale was Deputy Chief Executive of the Department for Families and Communities.

Whistleblowing Survey

Researchers at the University of Melbourne and Griffth University are conducting a World Online Whistleblowing Survey.

This survey asks for your views about 'whistleblowing'. Whistleblowing is when someone reveals inside information about serious wrongdoing to people or authorities who may be able to take action.

The survey includes questions about whistleblowing to the media.

The project is funded by the Australian Research Council and has been approved by the University of Melbourne research ethics committee.

Play by the Rules Olympics and Paralympics ads

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While we cheer on the heroic deeds of the Olympians and Paralympians at London 2012, it is also the perfect time to remind everyone what sport is really all about - respect, inclusion and good sportsmanship.

Play by the Rules (a national program aimed at ensuring safe, fair and inclusive sport for all Australians) have produced two community service announcement ads to spread a strong, positive message of what sport is all about.

Participants wanted for study - gay and lesbian teachers

Dr Tania Ferfolja and Ms Lucy Hopkins from the University of Western Sydney are researching lesbian and gay-identified teachers’ perceptions of their work in relation to their sexuality to provide a picture of the current climate for these participants in public and private schools across Australia. For more information see www.uws.edu.au/education/soe/lesbians_and_gay_men_in_education.

Sexual Harassment in Australia project

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The Queensland University of Technology and the University of South Australia are currently undertaking a project about sexual harassment in Australia - a persistent workplace issue with considerable costs for individuals and organisations.

The project aims to:

Anti-racism consultations


Anti-racism consultations continue in Adelaide

SBS Podcast - 26 April 2012

A series of national consultations is being held until the end of May to canvass community views about how and why racism occurs, and what to do about it.

It's part of a bid by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to tackle the underlying causes of racism.

The results will help inform a national anti-racism strategy due by the end of the year.

Australian and New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable


Acting Commission, Anne Burgess, attended the Australian and New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable from 16-17 April 2012. See below for a Communique from the Australian Human Rights Commission about the Roundtable:

The Right Door

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A new mobile website for consumer advice

Make contact with the right fair trading agency or service provider for your problem. The Right Door is a new mobile website developed by Consumer and Business Services, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Equal Opportunity Commission and the Migrant Resource Centre to help you get the information you need.

Chiefs unite to promote gender equity


From: The Advertiser, Business Journal, 06 March 2012, page 7
by Maria Moscaritolo

South Australian firms have banded together to find solutions to the under-representation of women, especially in senior positions, in their workplaces and improve their bottom line.

The "chiefs for gender equity" roundtable includes the heads of Elders, Santos, shipbuilder ASC, law firm Minter Ellison, KPMG, ANZ, ETSA Utilities and infrastructure consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff.

NEW: Online Incident Report

Been harassed? Treated unfairly?

We want to know.

  • Help others by telling us about your experience
  • The more we know, the more we can work to prevent it
  • You don't have to tell us who you are
  • Witnesses and advocates can report

Go to the Incident Report>>

Hotel staff guilty of race discrimination

District Court Judge Susanne Cole has upheld a complaint of racial discrimination against the Ceduna Community Hotel.

In a decision delivered in the Equal Opportunity Tribunal on 15 December, Judge Cole found the hotel had discriminated against Joylene Haynes because of her race. Judge Cole ordered the hotel to pay Ms Haynes $3000 in compensation.

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