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December 2017

Winners of the 2018 Aboriginal Calendar Competition announced


Charlotte Woods is the winner of the 2018 Aboriginal Calendar competition this year followed by runners up Benazir Tawhidi, Destiny Riley, Gracie Cornish and Michael Lapworth.

Acting WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr John Byrne attended Huntingdale Primary School’s final assembly for 2017 to announce the winners of the competition and congratulate them in front of students, staff and parents at the gathering.

“The calendar is distributed all over Australia and at our community events,” Dr Byrne said.

He said it was a difficult task to choose the winners and runners up from the many entries received; however, he thought Charlotte had created an effective design that communicated the theme for the calendar well.

“The theme this year was Discrimination Is No Joke and Charlotte’s work showed just how hurtful racially based comments can be,” he said.

This year the calendars are printed on two sides, with one side printed in the 2018-19 financial year format.

They are available on request via the internet publications request form, by email on or by telephone (08) 9216 3911. 

Huntingdale Assembly

(From left) Michael Lapworth, Gracie Cornish, Destiny Riley, Benazir Tawhidi and winner Charlotte Woods with Acting Commissioner Dr John Byrne




Final session in the Diversity Cafe series


The Equal Opportunity Commission was invited to co-host the seventh meeting in the Diversity Café Series with the Department of Health and the Office of Multicultural Interests on 30 November this year at Bendat Parent and Community Centre in Wembley.

With about 90 attendees, the discussion topic for the session, was Improving health equity through CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) data collection and use.

The forum was organised to bring government and not-for-profit sector health professionals together to discuss how systemic discrimination issues could be addressed through data collection.

The format was in a conversational style to encourage workshopping and ideas sharing.

A question and answer session followed each set of speakers, with three ‘buzz sessions’ held throughout the morning where tables could discuss themes presented by the speakers.

Manager Commission Services Diana MacTiernan said the collection of CaLD data was an important topic to discuss, particularly in the vital area of health services.

“Many barriers exist when it comes to collecting medically related data from the CaLD community, not just because there is often a range of diverse languages and cultures to deal with, but also lived experiences that influence a migrant’s willingness to share information,” she said.

She said all states and territories had mechanisms for remedying individual discrimination complaints, but the final frontier was to break down barriers of discrimination in social systems to enact widespread change and achieve substantive equality.

“Conversations about systemic discrimination are the ones we need to start having and that is what the Diversity Café series is trying to start,” she said. 

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Manager Commission Services Diana MacTiernan with the Department of Health Diversity Café organisers Ruth Lopez and Kelli Monaghan (left) and speakers



Dr John Byrne extended as Acting Commissioner


Dr John Byrne’s appointment as Acting Commissioner for Equal Opportunity has been extended.

Dr Byrne said he was pleased to be acting for another six months in the role.

“I have very much enjoyed working at the Commission and admire the professional and hardworking approach of all my colleagues here.

“I am delighted that I will be here for another six months,” he said.


John Byrne

Dr John Byrne



Season's Greetings


The Equal Opportunity Commission would like to wish everyone a peaceful close to 2017 and a successful 2018. The office will not be closing this year, so the enquiry lines will be open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, except on public holidays when the office will be closed.

We would also like to thank you for subscribing to our monthly Ebulletin and the interest you have taken in the Commission’s work throughout 2017. Our next Ebulletin will be in February 2018! 


seasons greetings



International Human Rights Day event postponed


Due to one of our panellists not being able to attend the event, the Commission has decided to postpone its International Human Rights Day event – Has political correctness gone mad? - until 2018.




What's coming up


The Commission’s Training Calendar from January to June 2018 is now available. You can register for all Commission courses on the Community Education page

February 21           Introduction to Equal Opportunity Law

March 8                  International Women’s Day Speed Mentoring Event

Please contact us on 9216 3900 if you are interested in organisation specific training or for a rights based session for your clients or community members.


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