Training and education

Effective strategies

Effective strategies

Effective anti-discrimination and anti-harassment strategies in your workplace are good practice, and good for business.

The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 'the Act' requires employers to create a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.

All organisations in Tasmania, regardless of their size, must adhere to the Act. Employers, supervisors/managers and employees (including casuals, contract workers, part-time and/or full-time) all need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

A productive and discrimination free workplace helps:

  • increase your pool of potential employees meaning you get the best person for the job;
  • build the morale and productivity of your employees;
  • minimise complaints, disruptions and legal wrangles so you can get on with work;
  • build your reputation in the community.

Section 104 of the Act states that an organisation is to ensure that its members, officers, employees and agents are made aware of the discrimination and prohibited conduct to which the Act relates. If an organisation does not take reasonable steps to do this, it is liable for any contravention of the Act by any of its members, officers, employees and agents.

Meeting obligations

Training is one way of meeting your obligations under section 104.

Training provides an important avenue for ensuring staff awareness of discrimination and prohibited conduct. It may be a factor taken into account in determining whether an agency has taken reasonable steps to ensure that no member, officer, employee or agent has engaged in discrimination and prohibited conduct. It needs to be remembered that while training is an important step, it does not itself absolve organisations of responsibility under section 104. For more information on this subject see the 'Obligations of organisations', section 104 brochure.

Workplace Training

Workplace training

We can deliver training to your staff in a group or as a one-to-one program to best fit your workplace environment.

All training programs can be tailored with the content specifically catering to the needs of your organisation and support your policies and procedures. This is done through consultation with one of our Training, Education and Development Officers to find out what specific training is required and what topics need to be covered that have been of concern to the organisation or which need refreshing.

For a list of courses delivered statewide view our scheduled Training Calendar for 2018.

For more information about the courses delivered by Equal Opportunity Tasmania download our Training courses available in 2018.

To register for any of these Training courses, please download the Training Registration/Expression of Interest Form 2018 and e-mail it to training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

Please ensure that you have read and understand the Training Fee policy prior to registration.

Community education

Community education

The training team at Equal Opportunity Tasmania liaises and works co-operatively with not-for-profit community organisations, community groups, schools, colleges, other educational institutions, unions and interested individuals to provide a range of FREE training and information sessions.

Community information sessions, workshops and engagement forums aim to promote non-discriminatory practices and empower those groups who are most likely to experience discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Sessions can be designed to focus on a range of human rights issues such as those affecting:

  • people with disabilities,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,
  • ethnic and religious minority groups,
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender and intersex communities,
  • young people,
  • seniors,
  • women & men.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has customised training programs available for community organisations and, wherever possible, consideration will be given to provide a fee reduction subject to the nature, size and capacity of the organisation to pay for training.

School talks

School talks

FREE information sessions

The training team at Equal Opportunity Tasmania liaises and works co-operatively with schools, colleges, other educational institutions and interested individuals to provide a range of FREE information sessions.

Presentations to students on issues relating to anti-discrimination, harassment and bullying assist schools in developing the capacity within their school community to

  • accept and embrace diversity,
  • celebrate and respect differences,
  • promote non-discriminatory practices and
  • empower those groups who are most likely to experience discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Our school talks are designed to include interaction and input from students and to cater to different class and age levels from kindergarten to college.

Session topics

Topics covered in sessions depending on the grade level of students are:

  • Diversity
  • Stereotypes – prejudice - discrimination
  • Types of bullying including cyber-bullying
  • Bystanders behaviour
  • What to do if it happens to you or you see it
  • Equal Opportunity Tasmania and the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998
  • Victimisation, inciting hatred and sexual harassment
  • Discrimination in employment
  • Rights and responsibilities

Fees and charges

Fees and charges

The following fees and charges apply 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018.

Training fee policy

Training terms and conditions

On-Site Training
  • Fee of $290 per hour to deliver training on site at organisation premises.

Cost includes:

  • All preparation and presentation - content may be tailored to your individual organisation
  • Handouts for all participants
  • Recommended size for each training session is 4 to 20 participants

Accommodation and travel charges may apply.

Statewide Calendar training

  • Fee of $60 per person, per hour to deliver calendar training at Equal Opportunity Tasmania's venues in Hobart and other sites in Launceston and Burnie.

Cost includes:

  • All preparation and presentation
  • Handouts for all participants
  • Courses will run with a minimum of 4 participants

Cancellation policy

If you are not able to attend a seminar, another representative from  your organisation is welcome. However, if no-one is able to attend cancellation fees are as follows:

  • Within 1 week of date of training: full fee payable
  • Between 1 and 2 weeks of date of training: 50% payable
  • If confirmed training is postponed with less than 2 weeks notice from date of training, a rearrangement fee of 20% of total consultancy fee may be charged.

Payment terms

Invoices are payable within 14 days of date of invoice.

  • Fees do not include GST.
  • Travelling and/or accommodation expenses may apply.
  • Fees are current until 30 June 2018.
  • Fees are reviewed annually.

Contact Training and Education Team

Contact Education and Training Team

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has two Training, Education and Development Officers:

  • Jennie Gorringe (Senior)
  • Louise Adams

Jennie and Louise are highly experienced facilitators, have an excellent understanding of the Anti-Discrimination Act and are committed to delivering quality up-to-date information to assist the Tasmanian community.

phone Phone: (03) 6165 7515

emailtraining@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au