EO4Schools is divided into three primary sections. These deal with the areas of life covered by discrimination laws, that is, school life, work life and community life (discrimination is not illegal in private life, for instance, in choosing your friends.) These sections explain what discrimination is and where it is unlawful, with examples and some questions for discussion.
The work life section also contains links to information and services that students may need to know and protect their rights as they enter the workforce.
General information about equal opportunity can be found in other sections of the Equal Opportunity Commission website, including human-rights information and information about the role of the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Finally, this section offers you some ideas for class exercises and written work to get students thinking about the values and reasoning behind discrimination law. We can also visit your school to present to senior students about their rights in the workforce (not limited to discrimination rights).
We value teachers’ feedback on this site and your suggestions for improvement.
Online searching tasks
Here are some ideas for online searching tasks for students (note that the answers are not contained in the EO4Schools section):
- In what year did:
- Women gain the vote in South Australia?
- Aboriginal people become entitled to vote in Federal elections?
- South Australia decriminalize homosexual conduct?
- Federal Parliament pass age-discrimination laws?
- South Australia grant legal recognition to same-sex couples?
- South Australia pass discrimination laws to protect carers?
- Who is South Australia’s Minister with responsibility for equal-opportunity law? Give the Ministerial portfolio and the person’s name.
- Who is the Federal Minister responsible for human rights? Give the Ministerial portfolio and the person’s name.
- Name two websites where you can read the South Australian Equal Opportunity Act in full.
- Find a ground of discrimination that is covered by Victorian law but not South Australian law.
- Find out whether the MP for your local area spoke in Parliament about the amendments to South Australia’s Equal Opportunity Act in 2009.
- How many different languages are spoken in Australia today?
- What is the average age in South Australia now?
- Locate the current Federal Government’s and Federal Opposition’s policy about protecting carers from discrimination.
- Find four examples of legal restrictions on free speech (laws that limit what a person or a company can say or publish, either by speaking or writing.)
Additional resources for teachers
These websites contain information and resources that you might also find useful:
Australian Human Rights Commission (how young people can get involved in human rights): Human rights education resources for teachers to help students develop a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities.
Lawstuff: Know your rights: Legal information for young Australians.
Safety, Mental Health and Wellbeing
Bullying. No Way!: Provides information and ideas for students, parents and teachers about how to address bullying at school.
Student Wellbeing Hub: Resources available help to create learning communities that promote student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationships.
Reach Out Australia: Information, support and referrals to help improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
SA Department of Education and Child Development - Cyber-safety, bullying and Harassment: Policies and advice for teachers, parents and students about bullying.
Committee for Children: A non-profit organisation working globally to prevent bullying, violence, and child abuse through Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).
Passport to Safety Australia: An innovative national youth health and safety program with material for students and teachers.
Play by the Rules: Making sport inclusive, safe and fair.
Mind Matters: Strategies and curriculum programs to promote and protect the mental health and wellbeing of all members of the school community.
Racism. No way!: Anti-racism education resources for Australian Schools.
Go Back to Where You Came From (SBS television series): Resources for schools about the experiences of refugees coming to Australia. Resources for Teachers
International Women's Day in Schools: Providing practical and insightful classroom resources for teachers around the world to mark International Women's Day.
Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria - Partners in Prevention - Primary Schools: Tools that have been collated to assist practitioners supporting and partnering with primary schools to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence based whole school approach to respectful relationships education.
NAPCAN - Growing Respect: A series of programs targeting different age groups which aim to education young people about healthy and respectful relationships.