Current and emerging issues and trends
As part of the machinery of government reforms the Commission will seek to identify ways in which it can best use its resources, including collaborative initiates with other government agencies with similar functions as the Commission to identify ways of improving access to Commission services to the following priority groups:
- People living in regional and remote areas
- Both young and older people
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- People with disability
- New and emerging communities.
Where the Commission has identified potential issues of systemic discrimination occurring for these groups, it will attempt to work with relevant organisations to address these matters.
The Commission will continue to review the Act to determine if it is operating in the most effective way possible, taking into account trends and developments in equal opportunity law and changes in community attitude. The WA Government is currently looking into reform in the area of gender recognition, with the Commission providing valuable input.
A national discussion on religious freedom has been gathering momentum following the marriage equality referendum, and is now focussing on religious issues in education, in the provision of goods and services and in employment. This emerging issue is likely to have implications for discrimination legislation in WA and the other states and territories.