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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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Harmony Day 2015

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March 21 is the 15th anniversary of Harmony Day in Australia – a day where we encourage the motto that “Everyone belongs”.

I recently signed up as a supporter of Recognise, the campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution.  This is a unique opportunity for our nation to stand strong, proud and respectful in who we are, where we have come from, and where we can go together in the future.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence - 20 March 2015

Today is the fifth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.  This annual day provides a focus for all schools to say Bullying. No Way! and to strengthen their existing everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at any time.

Media Release - SA Chiefs on International Women’s Day 2015

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March 6, 2015

Less talk, More Action - Make it Happen, say SA Chiefs on International Women’s Day 2015

On International Women’s Day this year, South Australia’s Chiefs for Gender Equity are urging business to “walk the talk” and start taking decisive action to advance gender equity at work.

March 8 marks International Women’s Day 2015, with a theme of “Make it Happen”.

NDIS National Quality and Safeguards Framework

NDIS National Quality and Safeguards Framework
– Public Consultation

A quality and safeguarding framework is being developed for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Australian governments are looking at ways to make sure that the national scheme will provide good quality supports and will maximise the choice and control of participants. It will also be important that the rights of people are protected and participants are safe from harm.

Building Confidence in Enrolling Learners with Disability

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) and the National Disability Coordination Officer Program (NDCO) have recently released a resource for education and training providers. Entitled Building Confidence in Enrolling Learners with Disability, this guide is for small to medium education and training providers who deliver both Vocational Education and Training as well as Higher Education qualications.

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ACHRA Communique 18 Feb 2015

The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, have met in Sydney to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.

A primary focus of the meeting is the continuing, systemic and serious barriers to equality of opportunity for people with disability across Australia. The Authorities identified the following issues, which require urgent and sustained attention:

Statement of support for the AHRC

Statement of support for the statutory work of the Australian Human Rights Commission in relation to human rights

2 February 2015

The undersigned state and territory members of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA) are concerned about the recent unfair public criticism of the statutory role of the Australian Human Rights Commission in relation to complaints alleging breaches of human rights.

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.

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