Training, Education and Development

Effective strategies

Effective strategies

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

The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 'the Act' requires employers to create a workplace / organisation 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, volunteers, contract workers, part-time and/or full-time) all need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

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.

A productive and discrimination free workplace / organisation helps:

  • 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
  • increase your pool of potential employees meaning you get the best person for the job

What we can provide

The training team can provide tailored on-site training for managers and staff on discrimination and harassment. Our training reflects on common areas of conflict in the workplace and how to address such issues. These include areas such as sexual harassment, understanding the language and behaviours of bullying, stereotyping, prejudice and unconscious bias with a particular focus on people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, People with a Disability and LGBTI communities.

Our training aims to:

  • Inform and educate workers about their rights and responsibilities
  • Support managers to make equitable decisions
  • Increase understanding of the requirement to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent harassment and discrimination
  • The Language of bullying
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Learn how to build healthy organisational cultures
  • Interactive and engaging
  • Develop the skills to handle complaints fairly and effectively

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.

Community information sessions

Community information sessions

The training team at Equal Opportunity Tasmania liaises with not-for-profit community organisations, community groups, unions and other interested individuals to provide a 1 hour FREE information session.

Community information sessions, workshops and engagement forums aim to promote non-discriminatory practices and empower those groups who are most likely to experience discrimination and harassment. 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
  • Culturally Diverse groups / communities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities
  • Young people
  • Older people
  • Gender

For more information or to organise an information session contact the training team on (03) 6165 7515, or email training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au.

School student talks

School student talks

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

Presentations to students on issues relating to discrimination, harassment and bullying can assist schools to develop their capacity to:

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

Our talks are designed for students from Grade 4 upwards, we can work with the school to design programs such as Kahoot that will be age appropriate and engaging for students. For higher grade levels we can tailor the sessions for your school / 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

For more information or to organise a talk for your school /college contact the training team on (03) 6165 7515, or email training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au.

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

emailtraining@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

Training courses, fees and registration forms 2020