Education

Education

 

Equal opportunity law applies to schools, and education and training institutions. It covers entry to courses, access to facilities and benefits, and expulsion.

People with disabilities should be able to enter buildings and move freely inside, have access to facilities like toilets and lifts, and not be confined to a segregated space or the worst seats.

It is also unlawful to discriminate when granting qualifications. Equal opportunity law applies to groups or organisations that approve qualifications needed for employment. For example, if a workplace does not recognise qualifications from an overseas institution (even though it meets Australian standards) and pays the employee less, this could be considered discriminatory. 

Single-sex schools are exempt from sex discrimination provisions and are allowed to select only male or female students.