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EOC e-bulletin 24 September 2014

by Equal Opportunity Commission | Sep 14, 2014
This e-bulletin features the New Guidelines for Employers, CaLD Rights Based Training, Play by the rules posters for your sport, NAIDOC Week and an upcoming event: Yarning session "What we do"

New Guidelines for Employers

The Equal Opportunity Commission has created new Guidelines to assist employers. Employment is the area most frequently cited in complaints received by the Commission. The Skills West Expo 2014 that attracted a large number of employers, trainers and people looking to change or start careers was a good opportunity to distribute the new Guidelines for Employers. We appreciated the assistance of The Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre who displayed and dispersed them at their stall. Their centres are located in Perth, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie. They work to achieve sustainable employment outcomes for Aboriginal people in a culturally sensitive way.  Special thanks to Maria and Nate who were on the stall when we visited.

To view or print the Guidelines for Employers    pdfDownload pdf (166 KB)

CaLD Rights Based Training

The project to address discrimination in the cultural and linguistic diverse and especially the new and emerging communities continues. Recently the Equal Opportunity Commission, together with CASE for Refugees, provided training at the William Langford Community House. The participants spoke six languages: Farsi, Arabic, Malay, Mandarin, Burmese and Kiswali so interpreters provided assistance throughout the session. Rights based training aims to increase participant’s awareness of equal opportunity, their rights and responsibilities, and ways of redress.  To make enquiries or request this training contact training@eoc.gov.au or phone 9216 3900.

Play by the rules posters for your sport

Posters that encourage safe, fair and inclusive sport initiatives are able to be downloaded from the Play by the Rules website

There is space at the bottom of each poster for clubs to add their own logo. The posters are available for football, national rugby league, Australian football league, softball, bmx, pony club/equestrian, swimming, rugby union, gymnastics, netball, basketball,  badminton, little athletics, cricket and ‘inclusion’. 

If you would like a poster for your sport send a request to manager@playbytherules.net.au

App to assist Blind

Dr Ray Kurawiel has created a new app for the iPhone and other Apple iOS devices that will be available soon for Android users. It’s called Firefly, and uses the phone’s camera and state of the art optical character recognition technology to give the blind instant access to print material. Now the blind can listen to read back of printed text speech and Braille output. It also includes language translation.  People who have print disabilities and low literacy will also benefit from use of this app.

Change to PIN identification

Since 1 August 2014 the primary method of card verification has been be by PIN. Anyone who believes they cannot use a PIN e.g. because of cerebral palsy or arthritis, should contact their financial institution and apply to replace their card for a signature preferred card. These cards will have a chip that identifies the non requirement of a PIN to complete a transaction. The card operates the same as it does now and at a point of purchase. Groups such as the Macular Disease Foundation Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia have informed members to contact their bank or financial institution to discuss their specific needs. See PINwise website for more information.


There were a lot of events to celebrate this special week. The Equal Opportunity Commission held stalls at Mirrabooka NAIDOC Day event and at the NAIDOC Family Day in Ashfield hosted by the Town of Bassendean. Both events were well attended. One comment was by visitor was that they had never seen so many Noongars together. There was certainly a positive spirit about and seeing crowds of all ages from babies to grandparents enjoying the days was uplifting.

The Commission collected 125 responses on “What’s not fair?” survey. The information will help inform the Commission of community perspectives. Individuals who asked to be contacted about their response have been receiving follow up calls from Commission staff. See photo of EOC staff at the stall.

Upcoming Event: Yarning Session "What we do"

Community members are invited to a yarning session on the Equal Opportunity Commission: ‘What we do’ and to take general enquiries. The session will be held at the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service 156 Wittenoom Street, East Perth on Monday 27th October between 10.00am -1.00pm. Contact Steve or Zeta on 9216 3900 for more information.

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