About us

Aims and Principles

Aims and Principles

Equal Opportunity Tasmania aims to foster a society free of discrimination, prejudice, bias and prohibited conduct by administering the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas):

  • With integrity and impartiality;
  • Effectively and efficiently;
  • Professionally; and
  • In accordance with our legal obligations.

To achieve public confidence in our role and functions, we strive to:

  • Deliver high standards of professional services;
  • Operate in a collaborative manner;
  • Build and foster relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Ensure transparency, fairness and confidentiality in complaint-handling processes;
  • Engage community and key stakeholder participation through our training, education and development programs; and
  • Contribute toward the development and implementation of policies, practices and procedures on matters relating to discrimination and prohibited conduct.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania Staff

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner

Sarah Bolt, as the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, has an independent statutory role to administer the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas).

Under the Act, the Commissioner has the following functions:

  • to advise and make recommendations to the Minister of Justice on matters relating to discrimination and prohibited conduct;
  • to promote the recognition and approval of acceptable attitudes, acts and practices relating to discrimination and prohibited conduct;
  • to consult and inquire into discrimination and prohibited conduct and the effects of discrimination and prohibited conduct;
  • to disseminate information about discrimination and prohibited conduct and the effects of discrimination and prohibited conduct;
  • to undertake research and educational programs to promote attitudes, acts and practices against discrimination and prohibited conduct;
  • to prepare and publish guidelines for the avoidance of attitudes, acts and practices relating to discrimination and prohibited conduct;
  • to examine any legislation and report to the Minister as to whether it is discriminatory or not; and
  • to investigate and seek to conciliate complaints of discrimination and prohibited conduct.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania staff assist the Commissioner in fulfilling her roles under the Act. There are four areas of expertise within the Equal Opportunity Tasmania office:

  • Investigation and Conciliation
  • Training, Education and Development
  • Policy and Project Development
  • Administration

Investigation and Conciliation

The role of the Investigation and Conciliation Officers includes answering enquiries; investigating complaints of discrimination and other prohibited conduct and helping parties try to resolve complaints through conciliation.

If you want to know if you may have a basis to make a complaint, or you wish to talk to someone about an incident of discrimination you may be referred to one of our Investigation and Conciliation Officers for information.

Training, Education and Development

The Training, Education and Development team is responsible for the development and delivery of training and education for public and private sector organisations, and for contributing to community education and development of programs to promote attitudes, and practices that reduce or eliminate discrimination and prohibited conduct.

If you are granted an exemption you will generally be required to have training from Equal Opportunity Tasmania.

Policy and Project Development

The focus of this work is on responding to relevant inquiries, undertaking research into issues relevant to coverage under the Act, and developing and implementing policy strategies to encourage greater compliance with the Act.

Administration

Your first point of contact with our office is usually the administration staff. Administration staff provide high-level customer focused clerical and administrative support, ensuring the provision of efficient and effective support to the administrative, complaint handling and training/community education teams.

Additional responsibilities include the coordination of conciliation conferences for the complaint team and high-level case management support.

The Executive Officer is responsible for managing the business needs of the office and acting as personal assistant to the Commissioner. If you wish to schedule an appointment to meet with the Commissioner, you should contact the Executive Officer.