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Supporting working parents: Pregnancy and return to work national review
Report from Elizabeth Broderick
WA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Allanah Lucas invites you to join us to hear a report on the National Review from Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Read more about the National Review of pregnancy and return to work
Register for the WA Report on the National Review of pregnancy and return to work
Sexual harassment. Know where the line is.
Allanah Lucas Commissioner for Equal Opportunity is pleased to support Know Where the Line Is. This is a national strategy of The Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to raise awareness of sexual harassment.
It has been designed to encourage employees to think about where the line is when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace and to support bystander action if they see or hear harassment occurring.
People don’t report it because they don’t think it is serious enough or are afraid of workplace repercussions. The AHRC found that one in five people say they have never experienced sexual harassment and then go on to describe experiences that would constitute sexual harassment under the legal definition.
The strategy emphasises the need for bystander action to support others experiencing this. It also calls for employers to take action when they see or hear it.
Resources are available at: Sexual harassment: Know where the line is
If you would like more information or to talk to someone you can call the Equal Opportunity Commission: Weekdays 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on 9216 3900 or contact us by email You can lodge a complaint on line at here.
Changes at the Commission
The Equal Opportunity Commission welcomes the appointment of Ms Allanah Lucas as WA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity from 6 May 2014. Ms Lucas has been Acting Commissioner since June 2013. She brings broad
experience and knowledge to this role. Allanah has worked in the arts and
cultural sectors for over 35 years, most recently as the Director General of the
Department of Culture and Arts. Working as a producer, practitioner,
researcher, consultant and tutor, she has developed a diversity of creative,
management, industrial and academic skills. During this career Allanah
worked in arts executive roles in the United Kingdom for ten years. Her
diversity and creativity is a great asset to the Commission.
However, we have also had to say
goodbye to a number of people this year: Christine Johnson Manager of the
Community Education Unit; Cathy Groves Manager of the Substantive Equality
Unit; Sandra Pickering, Conciliation; Shirley Navonatu, Substantive Equality
Unit; Jennifer Mitchell, Substantive Equality Unit; Rukhila Khan, Corporate
Services, Marion Walker, Corporate Services, and Daniel Dale, Corporate
Many changes! All who have left brought their special
characteristics to the positions they filled and contributed greatly to the
work of the Commission. They will be missed, but as one of the people leaving
said – as one door closes another opens. We wish all of them bright futures.
Pictured above EOC staff at farewell gathering from left: Steve,Christine, Mike, Cathy, Samya, Zeta and Marc.
Human rights learning for students
Year ten students from the Australian Islamic College approached the Equal Opportunity Commission for a discussion about the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 and the challenges faced in dealing with unlawful discrimination.The students are pictured at left with their teacher and Kathy Digwood Manager of the EOC Conciliation Section.
Kathy and Allan McDonald senior legal officer spoke with the students and answered their many challenging questions. It was delightful to see such well informed and enthusiastic interest in a whole range of human rights issues.
The rights of young people in employment were of particular interest. The majority of complaints received by the Commission are in the area of employment. The girls discussed how the Act can impact on their lives and the lives of others.
EOC e-bulletin: Racial vilification in the spotlight
Section 18C of Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act 1975 makes it unlawful for a person to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or persons, because of their race, colour or national or ethnic origin in public places. The proposed changes to this bill will increase the level of severity required before an act can be found unlawful.
Also featured in this e-bulletin the Youth Week forum Unwinding the Law. Speakers (pictured) included Rachel Herford, Midland PCYC; Sergeant Graham White, Central Metropolitan Crime
Prevention & Diversity Unit; Anne Giles, EOC; Sam Leung, Propel Youth Arts
WA; Phil Kelly,Youth Legal Service; The Shaun Wyn-Jones, Youth Affairs Council
WA; and the convenor of the forum Anna Copeland, Murdoch
The Equal Opportunity Commission respectfully acknowledges the past and present traditional owners of Western Australia and pays respects to the traditional custodians of this land.