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20th Anniversary of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998

2018 marks 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 - Consultations in Hobart

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 will be held in Hobart on Wednesday 26 September.

Public consultation – this is open to anyone who would like to contribute to the national conversation on this issue. These public consultations are an opportunity for the National Inquiry to hear from individuals and organisations about their views, experiences and suggestions for change. 

The Commission’s public consultation in Hobart:

Wednesday 26 September 2018
6:00pm – 7:30pm
at South Hobart Living Arts Centre.

You can register for this event now

If you have any questions, please contact the National Inquiry team at 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 or call 1300 156 545.