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Equal Opportunity Tasmania is still open.  We would like to ensure that everybody can continue to access our services during this time of uncertainty.  

An unfortunate factor in these times is that unlawful acts of discrimination and offensive behaviours will occur.

It is our role to ensure that people are informed of their rights and responsibilities under Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination laws. It is also important that people can seek a resolution in a timely and efficient manner.

We strongly encourage people to use our online Report it! form. This is an important way to inform us of antisocial behaviours that may be occurring within our community.  Report it! forms can be done anonymously or by a witness.

In such unprecedented times it is so important that we treat each other with kindness, compassion and respect. Social cohesion depends upon it.

We are committed to offering our core services, however the following temporary changes came into effect on Monday 23 March and will continue until further notice.

Temporarily stopping:

  • All face-to-face enquiries
  • All face-to-face conciliations
  • All face-to-face training services

Continuing services:

  • Enquiries by telephone: 1300 305 062 or 6165 7515
  • Conciliations by teleconference/Skype
  • Training via alternative methods: Contact Jennie Gorringe, Senior Training, Education Development Officer on
    6165 7518 or email jennie.gorringe@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

If you have any questions about any of these arrangements, please email us at office@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au or
call us 6165 7515.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has recently prepared a fact sheet on COVID-19 and discrimination law. The fact sheet provides information about your rights during the pandemic.

April 2020 - COVID-19 and discrimination law fact sheet (PDF, 417.7 KB)

Tasmania's Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy 2019-2022

The Tasmanian Government has recently released the Respect and Protect Older Tasmanians: Tasmania's Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy 2019-2022. The strategy aims to ensure that the Tasmanian community understands and recognises elder abuse and, as a community, is committed to responding to and preventing the abuse of older Tasmanians.

NAIDOC Week - July 2019

NAIDOC week is celebrated across Australian states during the month of July celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Find out more on the NAIDOC Week website.

The Link Youth Health Service Outreach Program

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has partnered with The Link Youth Health Service (The Link) to help young people aged 12 to 25 identify and deal with discrimination experienced in Tasmania. Staff from Equal Opportunity Tasmania visit The Link to provide information about individuals rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas).

The outreach sessions are currently suspended.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania Outreach Program

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has partnered with the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) to help their clients deal with discrimination and racism experienced in Tasmania. Staff from Equal Opportunity Tasmania visit MRC Tas to give their clients information about their rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas).

The outreach sessions are currently suspended.

Educational adjustments - Stakeholder forums

The Department of Education have announced recently that from 2020 there will be a new approach to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in learning.  Educational Adjustments seeks to better align school supports and educational adjustments to the needs of students.

Find out more
For more information, contact Inclusion and Diversity Services, Department of Education disabilityprograms@education.tas.gov.au or you can Register to attend a Parent and family forum in your local area.

The forums will be held across the state and via an online forum in Term 2 and will run for one hour.

Facebook
This link includes brief information and the registration link: https://www.facebook.com/265355850247093/posts/2210286829087309?sfns=mo

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Australian Government announced the start of a public consultations on the draft terms of reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

It will focus on what governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and respond to, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

A Royal Commission may cover all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability, in all settings. However, the exact scope of a Royal Commission will be determined by its Terms of Reference.

Have your say on what you think should be included in the Terms of Reference for this Royal Commission. For more information on how to do this, go to the Australian Government, Department of Social Services website.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

Public submissions are now open for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Commission issued a call for public submissions in December and will accept submissions until at least the middle of 2019. A date for the closing of submission will be announced in the second half this year.

Submissions can be made, by the following ways:

  • via the website submissions form on the Submissions page
  • by mail: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, GPO Box 1151, Adelaide SA 5001
  • by talking to someone on our information helpline: 1800 960 711

You can join the Commission's mailing list to receive regular e-mail updates on the Commission activities by registering online.

20th Anniversary of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 20th anniversary of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. On 11 December 2018, as part of Human Rights Week, Equal Opportunity Tasmania and invited guests celebrated these milestones and thanked those helping to drive such important legislation. Terese Henning (Associate Professor in Law at UTas and the Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute) delivered the keynote speech.

Let's make Tasmania the kind state

Kindness Rally Let's Make Tasmania the Kind State

The Kindness Rally, held as part of Human Rights Week on Friday 7 December was a heartening, inspiring and encouraging event with so many Tasmanian's turning out to support making Tasmania the kind state.

The event celebrated and recognised those who contribute daily to making Tasmania a kinder place to live, by working to combat homelessness, gender-based violence, elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, illiteracy, modern-day slavery, exploitation, discrimination, harassment and offshore detention.

Many making a pledge on the day to continue our journey towards making Tasmania the kind state and spreading the message of kindness to everyone.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 30th anniversary of the Tasmanian Human Rights Week Organising Committee and the 20th anniversary of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

On 20 June 2018, Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, announced a National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

The Commission wants to hear from as many people as they can in conducting the National Inquiry. To facilitate this, the National Inquiry will involve a submission process, as well as public consultations held in all Australian capital cities and a number of regional cities later in 2018.

Hobart consultation

The first consultations were held in Hobart on Wednesday 26 September.

If you have any questions, please contact the National Inquiry team at SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or (02) 9284 9750 or visit the National Inquiry website


Expungement of Historical Homosexual and Cross-Dressing Offences

The expungement of historical offences scheme has recently commenced in Tasmania.  The scheme enables charges and convictions for homosexual and cross-dressing offences that would not be a criminal offence today to be effectively removed from a person's official criminal record.

For further information, or to make a free and confidential application, go to EHOS website, email ehos@justice.tas.gov.au or call 1300 156 545.