Service 1: Provision of information

The Commission works with the community to extend understanding and skills to achieve equality and realise their rights through:

  • being involved in community programs and events
  • responding to enquiries from individuals,government, non-government and private industry
  • delivering training for employers and service providers on their responsibilities, and
  • education for community groups and individuals on their rights under the Act
  • identification of discriminatory policies and practices and raising these with appropriate bodies.

Raising community awareness

Key strategies include:

  • development of resources, both targeted and general information for the community about aspects of equal opportunity law and human rights in a variety of printed and electronic formats
  • raising awareness of equal opportunity and human rights issues in Western Australia through presentations, forums, guest speakers, community information stalls and lectures
  • utilising various media to promote public discussion and interest in equal opportunity issues.

Our achievements in 2015-16

In 2015-16, the Commission continued to review its range of resources and information, made freely available in a range of formats.

Over the course of the year the Commission’s seminars and other events attracted more than 1,600 participants.

The Commission took a leadership role in a number of areas including building the capacity of public sector agencies to develop transgender inclusive workplaces. Many of our activities were undertaken in collaboration with other agencies.

Key activities undertaken this year

  • Hosted a Q & A event on Human Rights Day, where the panel were asked to “Re-imagine Australia on Human Rights Day”
  • Proudly sponsored for the fourth year running, the WA Human Rights, Equity and Diversity in Mental Health Award
  • Held a seminar to farewell Elizabeth Broderick, the outgoing Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner
  • Nominated The Hon Ruby Hutchison, the first woman member of the Legislative Council in WA, to the International Women’s Hall of Fame Honour Board
  • Ran a stall at NAIDOC Week event in Mirrabooka
  • Participated and distributed information at the Pride Parade, and at the Pride Fair Day
  • Participated in Carers Week and Mercy Care Exhibition
  • In recognition of International Women’s Day organised
    • Two free public forums in Bunbury and Albany on sexual harassment in the workplace
    • A seminar where Professor Chino Yabunaga from Tokyo University presented her research on the place of women in Japanese society
  • Ran a stall at an Aboriginal Health Worker’s Conference, and consulted delegates from around WA on discrimination in relation to race and impairment.
  • Displayed a Commission banner in the Murray Street mall during Reconciliation Week.



The Commission made submissions to a range of State and Federal inquiries and projects, including:

  • Women’s Report Card – Department of Local Government and Communities
  • Willing to work – inquiry into age and disability discrimination in work – Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner
  • Review of Gender Bias - Women Lawyers of WA
  • National consultation into trans, gender diverse and intersex experiences in Australian sports
  • Employment strategy for People with Disabilities – Public Sector Commission and Disability Services Commission
  • On Demand Transport – Discussion paper for Future Innovation – Department of Transport, green paper
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment guidelines – Australian Human Rights Commission and Business Council of Australia
  • Supporting working parents toolkit – Australian Human Rights Commission.

Links to community activities and training during 2015-16:
- Human Rights Day
- LGBTI Initiatives
- PSC on Trans inclusivity
- CEOs for Gender Equity
- New and Emerging Communities Reference Group
- Substantive Equality for 2016
- Training

Sorry Day Stall

Sorry Day 26 May

The Commission considers an important part of our outreach is to be involved in significant events for Aboriginal people.

The annual Sorry Day commemoration organised by the Bringing Them Home Committee and Reconciliation WA was held this year at Wellington Square, East Perth.

Many members of the Stolen Generation were present, as well as an estimated 1500 school students. The Commission’s stall was kept busy providing resources and information on discrimination law and human rights issues. 

Harmony Week

Harmony Week

In Harmony Week, the Acting Commissioner Jenni Perkins joined a group of students at the Cyril Jackson Senior Campus to discuss their experiences and hopes for equality in a multicultural Western Australia.