About us

Purpose

Purpose

Equal Opportunity Tasmania seeks to work closely with the Tasmanian community in fostering a society free of discrimination, prejudice, bias and prohibited conduct.

Its guiding principle is:

Celebrating difference - Embracing equality

Values

The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and her staff seeks to act in accordance with the following values:

  • high standards of professional service delivery;
  • building and fostering relationships with key stakeholders;
  • ensuring equity: fair and just treatment and seeking fair and just outcomes in complaint-handling processes;
  • impartiality;
  • encouraging and affirming participation at all levels;
  • maximising the potential of individual employees; and
  • encouraging and supporting staff development and multi-skilling.

Aim and principles

The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and her staff envisages a Tasmanian community that recognises that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and appreciation for their contributions and in which all are honoured for their diverse abilities and strengths.

The work and practice of Equal Opportunity Tasmania is founded in principles of fairness, recognition, co-operation, cultural diversity, awareness and continued service to the community.  The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and her staff members continue to provide leadership in the application of these principles.

Name change

Our name has changed!

The Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has a new name.

From 10 November 2015 we will be known as Equal Opportunity Tasmania.

The new name

  • better reflects the scope of the work undertaken by the Commissioner’s office;
  • encourages public awareness of functions beyond those related to complaints; and
  • communicates a broader role in promoting practices that promote equality of opportunity and inclusion.

The new name does not change the functions of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner or the work of the office.

There will be no impact upon complaints already going through a complaint process.

For further information about this change, you can contact Equal Opportunity Tasmania as below.

Note our updated contact information.

Racism. It stops with me

Racism. It stops with me

Campaign pledge

Campaign pledge event on 10 December 2014 with Tasmania Police, Ambulance Tasmania, the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service supporting and endorsing the signing of the national agreement. Pictured (L to R) Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine, Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer Mike Brown, Ambulance Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Dominic Morgan, Robin Banks, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner and SES Acting Director Andrea Heath.

Racism. It stops with me (RISWM)

RISWM is a campaign which invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens. Sign up to support the RISWM campaign as an individual or as an organisation.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania Staff

Robin Banks Anti-Discrimination Commissioner

Robin Banks

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner

Robin, 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 assists the Commissioner fulfilling her roles under the Act. There are four areas of expertise within the EOT office.

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

Investigation and Conciliation Officers

  • Andrew Muthy (Monday to Friday on leave without pay from 14 October)
  • Jason Wright (Monday to Friday)
  • Michelle Parker (Wednesday to Friday)
  • Pia Struwe (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday)
  • Gemma Misrachi (Currently on Parental leave)

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 Staff

Senior Training, Education and Development Officer

  • Roz Smart

Training, Education and Development Officer

  • Louise Adams

Roz and Louise are 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/Research

Senior Policy and Project Officer

  • Leica Wagner

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 Staff

Your first point of contact with our office is usually the administration staff.

Administration Assistant

  • Ann Harkus

Ann contributes to Equal opportunity Tasmania by providing 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.

ADR Co-ordinator and Systems Administrator

  • Craig Beardwood

Craig co-ordinates conciliation conferences for the complaint team and liaises with parties, stakeholders and service providers in arranging those meetings. He also provides high­ level system administrator support of our case management system (Resolve) and maintains quality of data and management controls.

  • Executive Officer (shared role)
  • Amelia Davies (Wednesday, Thursday Friday)
  • Rebecca Headlam (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • Katrina Warburton (currently on parental leave)

Amelia and Rebecca share the role of the Executive Officer; they are 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.

To contact any of the Equal Opportunity Staff

Phone: (03) 6165 7515

E-mail: office@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au