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EOC e-bulletin 14 November 2014

by Equal Opportunity Commission | Nov 14, 2014

Human Rights Day EOC Stall

The Equal Opportunity Commission will hold a stall to celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10 from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. The Edmund Rice Centre and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre at Mirrabooka Square Shopping Centre will be there too.

Visit us to get information on your rights and responsibilities, services and activities and make a Human Rights Day badge.

For more information contact Colleen on 9216 3911.

To view or print the Human Rights Day flyer   pdfDownload pdf (174 KB)

​​Policy Development at Thornlie Senior High School

Congratulations to Thornlie Senior High School which became the first WA school to receive an information session on the ‘Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools.’ The Guidelines provide key information on implementing measures to address discrimination and bullying based on sexual orientation, sex or gender history, gender identity, and intersex status in school communities.

There was particular interest in the research finding that students in schools which have specific policies, prohibiting homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying, report feeling safer and are more likely to feel good about their sexuality, sex and gender than students in schools without such policies. Thornlie Senior High School requested a sample policy which could be adapted for individual schools.

Request Information Sessions

If your school community would like a short presentation on the Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools or a hard copy please contact Marc Newhouse on (08) 9216 3933, or email training@eoc.wa.gov.au  

The Guidelines are available at http://www.eoc.wa.gov.au/CommunityEducationAndTraining/Safe-schools-WA/Safe_schools_guidelines_for-supporting_students.aspx

To view or print the Guidelines   pdfDownload pdf (1 MB)

One year celebration of the amendments to the Federal Sex Discrimination Act

As of 1 August 2013 it became unlawful under federal law to discriminate against a person on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. Same-sex couples are also now protected from discrimination under the new definition of ‘marital or relationship status’. An event to celebrate this was held at the State School Teacher’s Union WA.

The speakers were: Allanah Lucas, Equal Opportunity Commissioner; Trudy Bates Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association, Lead Organiser for the Community Campaigns team, who is developing an online space for people to share their equity journey and organise for equality together (moreequal.org will be live soon); and Samantha Schofield Vice President of the SSTUWA, who is a member of the B-LeGITS Committee working to represent bisexual, lesbian, gay, intersex and transgender people. In the photo from left to right are Trudy Bates, Samantha Schofield, and Allanah Lucas.

For more information go to https://www.humanrights.gov.au/new-protection

No official identity for many thousands of children

Our birth certificate confirms our identity. We need it to prove who we are including: to enrol in school; for opening a bank account; getting a drivers licence; to get a tax file number. However many particularly in rural, regional and remote Australia are legally invisible as their births have not been registered or a copy of the certificate wasn’t obtained.

Costs of birth certificates, the risk of a fine of up to $1000 for late birth registration, literacy and language barriers, distrust of authorities and confidence are the main reported issues causing this. Dr Paula Gerber at Monash University is leading research investigating this dilemma and working to find best practice in facilitating access to birth documentation. The EOC and the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages are partners to this research arising from the findings of  a Substantive Equality impact assessment.

If you are an Aboriginal Australian, anywhere in Western Australia, who has run into problems because of this, Dr Gerber would like to hear from you. However, please note that Dr Gerber is not a legal service or able to resolve individual problems of identification directly.

Email: paula.gerber@monash.edu or Phone 03 9905 508

Coming Event

Aboriginal Seniors Expo

Challenger Institute of Technology students of Leadership Development and Nutrition are organising an. Aboriginal Seniors Expo on November 18 2014 from 10am to 2pm. The City of Armadale, Challenger Institute of Technology, Women’s Health and Family Services and the Government of Western Australia Department of Health South Metropolitan Health Services are sponsoring the event.

The Equal Opportunity Commission will hold a stall for people to have a yarn about discrimination and harassment. Yorgum and State Libraries will be there too. Expert information, free giveaways, entertainment and a light lunch will be available. Entry is free.

For more information call the Champion Centre on 9399 0820
To view or print the Aboriginal Seniors Expo poster     pdfDownload pdf (286 KB)

To view or print the EOC e-bulletin    pdfDownload pdf (152 KB)

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