The National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program works to assist people with disability to move between education, training and employment.
NDCO is currently working on a project with Youth Connect called PACTS (Parents as Career Transition Supporters). This is a series of three 2 hour workshops to assist parents to develop a better understanding of career development and education/training pathways for their young people.
The Electoral Commission SA has produced a new easy read booklet for electors. This booklet, designed for people with intellectual disabilities, may also be useful for people with limited English or literacy.
The booklet was printed by Minda who has partnered with the Electoral Commission SA in commercially printing a wide range of publications and election related materials.
The guide has been written to help convey the basics of the electoral process in a jargon free and Easy English manner. A PDF version can be downloaded below.
Myths and stereotypes about older workers are often hidden and deeply entrenched. However, education, awareness raising and information can highlight misconceptions and help bring about changes in both attitudes and actions.
As reported in the Advertiser, annual medical tests for drivers aged 70 and over will be scrapped to encourage older people to remain active in the community and because evidence shows they do not lower crash rates.
The removal of this requirement is welcomed by the Equal Opportunity Commission as it recognises that age is not the key determinant in a person’s ability to drive. This reflects approaches to the Commission by members of the community who have considered this to be unfair in the past.
In 2013, Human Rights Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993. The Declaration calls attention to the promotion and protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights of women, children, persons with disability, persons belonging to minority groups, migrant workers, and indigenous people.
It also states:
Originally submitted on 10 December, 2013 - 12:45. Last updated on 16 December, 2013 - 12:52.
Today, on the 2013 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), it is important to recognise the progress being made towards people with disability participating fully in all areas of life, but also look at the steps that still need to be taken. The theme for IDPwD in 2013 (the 21st anniversary of International Day of Persons with disability) is Break barriers and open doors: to realise an inclusive society for all!
Originally submitted on 2 December, 2013 - 17:10. Last updated on 13 December, 2013 - 17:12.
This week, 13-19 October 2013, is Carers Week. Carers Week aims to increase recognition, support and appreciation of Australia's 2.6 million carers. It is an opportunity to learn more about carers, what they do and how you can support them.
A key issue for many carers is how to juggle their caring responsibilities with work, with more than 58% of carers being of working age. Most carers of working age combine their caring role with paid work (55%), and the majority of employed carers work full-time (63%).
Originally submitted on 18 October, 2013 - 13:18. Last updated on 17 January, 2014 - 14:16.
The WorkCover Ombudsman, Equal Opportunity Commission and Office of the Employee Ombudsman have developed two new resources to assist employers and people seeking work in relation to workers compensation claims and medical history:
Recruitment – What can I ask applicants about their workers compensation, medical or disability history? A practical guide for employers
This booklet looks at questions employers can ask, pre-employment medicals, and what to do if an employee fails to disclose a previous compensation claim.
As we welcome National Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June 2013) , I urge all South Australians to think about what they can do to bring an end to racism. Reconciliation Week is a chance for us to not only reflect on and celebrate how far we have come in Australia in our journey towards reconciliation but also to remember how important it is to continue to work together to achieve equal opportunity for all Australians and to eliminate racism.
Words into Action is a practical guide to achieve gender equity and improve company's performance. It was developed by the Premier's Council for Women in partnership with local industry and the Office for Women.
The Football United program, in partnership with the University of South Australia and the Port Adelaide-Enfield Council’s Street Sports Program, was launched on 22nd May 2013 at Windsor Gardens Vocational College. Equal Opportunity Commissioner Anne Gale made a short speech and had the honour of kicking the first goal, a tradition at the Football United season launches.
Originally submitted on 23 May, 2013 - 16:09. Last updated on 18 December, 2013 - 11:27.
Radio transcript from the Commissioner's interview with Annette Marner on 639ABC on 21 May 2013
Annette Marner: … Anne Gale … thanks for coming on … what do you see, do you hear complaints, I’ve certainly heard over the years that people have alleged there is a lot of discrimination towards older workers, what do you hear?
Originally submitted on 22 May, 2013 - 12:55. Last updated on 28 February, 2014 - 10:38.