Training, Education and Development

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

Find out more about courses, fees and training delivered by Equal Opportunity Tasmania.

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

Contact the Training, Education and Development team

Contact the Training, Education and Development team

The Training, Education and Development team can be contacted via the following:

phone Phone: (03) 6165 7515