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July to December 2015 Training Calendar

The Equal Opportunity Commission’s in-house training courses for July to December 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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Equal Pay Day 2015

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Media Release - Gender Pay Gap Results (4 September 2015)

Today Equal Opportunity Commissioner, Anne Gale, welcomed Equal Pay Day.

Equal Pay Day marks how many extra days women in Australia have to work from the end of the financial year to earn the same as men.

"A sense of urgency must be created to address the national wage gap. More women in leadership positions is essential to close the gap. Women continue to be underrepresented in the most senior levels and the rate of progress is too slow," the Commissioner said.

New Resources for Working Parents

The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a new website and online resources to fight discrimination faced by pregnant women and parents in the workforce.

The website follows on from last year’s Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review report.

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New radio session on addressing violence against women

Robyn Dwight and Lucy Cirocco from the Equal Opportunity Commission joined Steve McNally on Coast FM to talk about how SA Public Sector employers are taking action to prevent and address violence against women.

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GOVChat - Transforming Criminal Justice

GOVChat - Transforming Criminal Justice

When:   Tuesday 23 June, 6pm to 8pm
How:     Phone - 1800 216 506 | Web - yoursay.sa.gov.au

GOVChat – a link straight to the decision makers, senior executives of the Attorney-General’s Department, Correctional Services, Youth Justice and SA Police, as well as the Attorney-General, Minister for Correctional Services and Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion.

Carers SA – Carer Survey 2015

Carers SA is conducting a comprehensive survey of as many carers in SA as possible between now and the closing date on 15 August 2015.

A carer is a person who:
Provides long-term care (at least 6 months) at home for a parent, partner, child, or other relative or friend who has a disability, is frail, aged or who has a chronic mental or physical illness.

The online survey will take about 10-20 minutes and participants who provide their details will go in the draw to win an iPad mini. You can also complete the survey anonymously.

National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week 2015

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National Sorry Day – Tuesday 26 May

IDAHOT 2015

IDAHOT 2015 – Sunday 17 May to Monday 18 May

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) was created in 2004 to celebrate sexual and gender diversities. IDAHOT is also a good time to reflect on the inclusiveness, or otherwise, of our workplaces, schools, sporting clubs and our community in general. 

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