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Feb to June 2015 Training Calendar

The Equal Opportunity Commission’s in-house training courses for February to June 2015 are now online and available for booking! Go to our Current training courses page to find out more and to register.

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2013-14 Annual Report now online

Our 2013-14 Annual Report is now available:

Our annual report is available online now! Read about the work we have been doing in 2013-14, including:

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Vacancy - Project Manager

Project Manager - White Ribbon Accreditation
(Part-time) (Temporary for 2 years)

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SOGII Rights - online survey

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson is currently conducting consultations to explore key rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia.

To take the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex (SOGII) Rights Online Survey (approximately 10-15 minutes), go to: www.surveymonkey.com/s/V7HZ3H9

International Day of People with Disability

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Today is the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). The theme for IDPwD in 2014 is Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. A key aspect of this is the role of technology in creating enabling working environments.

White Ribbon

Tuesday 25 November 2014 marks the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. Held annually, White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).

Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide. The statistics in Australia are equally as alarming:

The Commission has moved

The Commission is moving to Level 17, 45 Pirie Street, Adelaide on Friday, 31 October 2014.

Due to the move, the Commission’s office will be closed on Thursday 30 October and Friday 31 October, reopening on Monday 3 November.

Our postal address and phone numbers will stay the same. Please contact us if you have any questions about the move.

Research study seeks female managers

Everyday Negotiations at Work

Are you a Female Supervisor / Manager?
Do you have at least 5 years’ work experience?

Researchers at the University of South Australia Business School and the University of Melbourne Business School are conducting a research project to examine women’s day to day negotiation experiences.

Participation in the project involves an online survey and a face to face interview conducted in an Adelaide location.

Confidentiality is guaranteed.

Our Watch

Our Watch is an organisation that has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that underpin and create violence against women and children. Find out more and view a powerful video message at: www.ourwatch.org.au/.

Women's Leadership Program

Multicultural SA is offering training opportunities for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in 2014-15.

The Women's Leadership Program is an initiative of Multicultural SA in partnership with the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission and TAFESA. It is funded by Multicultural SA and subsidised by the Department of State Development. Both courses are free-of-charge for successful applicants.

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Media Release for Equal Pay Day 2014

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September 4, 2014

SA Chiefs for Gender Equity mark Equal Pay Day with important document signing

On average Australian women who work full-time earn around $283 less a week than their male colleagues – a staggering 18.2% less.

Latest figures from the ABS (August 2014) show the health care and social assistance industry has the highest gender pay gap (30.7%), followed by financial and insurance services (30%) and rental, hiring and real estate services (29%).

Gender and sexuality resources for schools

The Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia has recently released Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools Guidelines. While these guidelines focus on supporting Western Australian schools, much of the information can be used by schools across Australia. The Guidelines can be downloaded below.

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Closing the Pay Gap Makes Sound Economic Sense

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Media Release 15 August 2014

SA Chiefs for Gender Equity - Wage Gap Concerns

South Australia’s Chiefs for Gender Equity (the Chiefs) have called for urgent action from government, business and other key stakeholders to close the widening wage gap.

The call follows the release of alarming new ABS results that show the National Wage Gap between male and female earnings has blown out to a staggering 18.2 per cent.

18.2% Gender pay gap in Australia

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Yesterday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released data which shows the average ordinary full time weekly earnings of Australian men is $1559.10, significantly higher than the $1275.90 earned by women. This means women are currently earning just 81.8 cents for every dollar their male colleagues earn, down from an average of 85.1 cents ten years ago. This is the first time since data collection began in 1994 that the gender pay gap in Australia has soared above 18 per cent, to reach a record high of 18.2 per cent.

Stop. Think. Respect.

beyondblue's new national anti-discrimination campaign highlights the impact of racism on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Research shows that subtle or 'casual' racism can be just as harmful as more overt forms. Imagine being judged in a job interview by the colour of your skin, rather than the strength of your CV. How would you feel if you were watched in a shop or treated differently on public transport?

Why should anyone be made to feel like crap, just for being who they are?

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AICD Board Diversity Scholarships

New scholarship round aims to increase gender diversity on boards

The Australian Institute of Company Directors has announced it will partner with the Australian Government to offer 140 scholarships for women to undertake its courses with the aim of lifting female representation on boards and in senior executive positions.

RECOGNISE

RECOGNISE is the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution.

Our Constitution was written more than a century ago. By then, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had lived in this land for more than 40,000 years, keeping alive the world’s oldest continuous cultures. But Australia’s founding document did not recognise the first chapter of our national story.

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Rant Against Racism competition

The Australian Human Rights Commission and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission are running a joint competition, “Rant Against Racism”.

To enter, give an example of how you have stood up to racist behaviour using wit, humour or just by quietly making your point and you will be in the draw to win a prize. The competition runs until 20 June.

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IDAHOT 2014

This Saturday, 17th May is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

This day is a Global Day to celebrate sexual and gender diversities and also a good time to reflect on the inclusiveness, or otherwise, of our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs and our community in general.

Submission on proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act

In April 2014, members of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA) made a joint submission on the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s 18C) Bill 2014 - Exposure Draft.

ACHRA members making the submission were:

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