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Feb to June training calendar

Our February to June 2014 Training Calendar is now available. Go to our Current training courses page to find out more and to register.

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Racial Discrimination Act proposed changes

Statement from the Commission on proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), Section18C

It is well documented and researched that race discrimination, racial and religious vilification have detrimental effects on individuals and communities and the South Australian Equal Opportunity Commission supports laws which protect people from this unlawful behaviour. We know that people who are the target of race discrimination, racial or religious vilification feel unsafe, marginalised and vulnerable.

Parents as Career Transition Supporters (PACTS) workshops

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.

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NCID Employment Survey 2014

The National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID) is the national peak body representing people with intellectual disability and their families.

CID invites people with intellectual disability or their family members to complete their 2014 Employment Survey. The purpose of the survey is to understand how individuals and their families make decisions about employment and employment services.

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Harmony Day 2014

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Harmony Day – 21 March 2014

Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. Harmony Day is an Australian Government programme and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

New easy read voting guide

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.

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New older worker videos available

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.

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Human Rights Forum - Darwin

A Human Rights Forum "Power Through Action" is being held in Darwin as part of the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames 2014 (10 -16 May 2014).

The line-up includes The Honourable Michael Kirby and other international speakers, covering a diverse range of issues as well as Transactivism and a Queer Histories Symposium.

The forum will be held from Wednesday 14th May to Friday 16th May

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Great news for older drivers

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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.

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SA signs up to national anti-racism campaign

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South Australia became the first state to sign up to the National Anti-Racism Strategy on 10th December - World Human Rights Day.

South Australia's Premier Jay Weatherill committed SA to the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign which encourages all Australians to take a stand against racism.

Human Rights Day 2013

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.

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International Day of People with Disability - 3rd December 2013

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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!

2012-13 Annual Report now available

Our 2012-13 Annual Report is now available:

Our annual report is available online now! Read about the work we have been doing in 2012-13, including:

Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review

Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review

The Australian Human Rights Commission ‘Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review’ is now accepting online submissions.

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Carers and Flexible Work

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%).

New exemptions for single-sex sporting events

New legislation to broaden exemptions relating to single-sex sporting events commenced on 3 October.

The Equal Opportunity Act will continue to provide an exemption from gender-based discrimination law for sporting activities where strength, stamina or physique of the competitor is relevant.

Under the Equal Opportunity (Sporting Competitions) Amendment Act 2013, it is now also not unlawful to exclude people of one gender from participating in a competitive sporting event if it:

Recruitment and previous workers compensation claims

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.

New Posters Available

The Equal Opportunity Commission now has posters with thought provoking messages that can be downloaded from our website for free and placed in your workplace, business, school or club.

Click on the link for further information:

http://www.eoc.sa.gov.au/eo-resources/publications/posters

Reconciliation Week Message

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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.

Interview on Teaming Up with Football United (video)

Watch the Commissioner's Interview with Who Won on Teaming Up With Football United here.

The interview is from the launch of Football United on 22 May 2013. See full coverage of the event at www.whowon.net.au