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Commissioner for Equal Opportunity ebulletin May 2018

by EOC | May 04, 2018

May 2018

Commission in the Kimberley

This month Community Education and Training Officer Steve Goodall will be in Fitzroy Crossing Thursday 31 May conducting community education and outreach.

Steve said this trip will complete a year of extensive training and outreach across Western Australia.

“Our Equal Opportunity Commission has the largest area to cover when it comes to providing community education and outreach.

“Throughout the past year we have travelled east to Goldfields, south to Bunbury, west to Geraldton and north to Kununurra and many places in between to provide Commission services face to face,” he said.

He said a lot of the Commission’s work dealt with highly sensitive subjects, so face to face work was important.

“We have a telephone and email enquiry service, but nothing replaces going out to rural and remote communities to chat to people about discrimination and harassment,” he said.

To find out more about training at the Commission go to our Community Education and Training page on our website.


Kimberley Region



Publications back in stock

A limited number of our Discrimination is backwards thinking, Groper: Common workplace animals and Fairness for Everyone posters are now back in stock and available to order.

Great for placing around the workplace to raise awareness about discrimination and harassment, these colourful and informative posters can be sent out to you free of charge.

If you would like us to send the posters out to you, fill out our online order form.

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Commissioner celebrates Harmony Day with multicultural youth

Acting Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr John Byrne recently participated in a short film titled Catalyst for Change produced by youth advocacy groups to celebrate Harmony Day.

The film was an initiative of the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia and the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network.

A group of young people interviewed politicians and community leaders, including Dr Byrne, to produce the film which centres around the theme of multiculturalism in Western Australia and the impact it has on young people living in the state.

Dr Byrne said he was very pleased to take part in such an important production.

“I was impressed at the level of professionalism these young people had to produce a film of such high standard,” he said.

To view the film, click here.




Spaces available for the 2018 Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture

Spaces for the annual Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture are still available.

This year’s lecture will be held in the UWA Ross Lecture Theatre from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on 17 May to mark IDAHOBIT (International day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia).

This year the lecture will be given by Cr Tony Briffa who will speak about her life experiences as intersex.

After the lecture, Cr Briffa is looking forward to interacting with the audience with a Q&A session.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture starting at 5pm.

To register your attendance for the Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture, please go to the Trybooking website at


Tony Briffa

Cr Tony Briffa



Commission supporting Aboriginal health

On 12 April Community Education and Training Officer Stephen Goodall attended the annual Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia Conference in Fremantle.

Providing community outreach from the Equal Opportunity Commission information stall, Steve said the event was well attended and a wonderful initiative by the Aboriginal Health Council of WA.

“Focus on Aboriginal health is vital for not only closing the gap, but improving equality and prosperity in Australia,” he said.

Steve said although all sessions were informative, he found the Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service presentation, Our Spirit at Rest: Our People are Home, very interesting.

“Leslie-Ann Conway from Geraldton Regional AMS spoke about the importance of connection to traditional culture for Aboriginal people struggling with issues of substance abuse and domestic violence.

“As an Aboriginal man I found this session to be thought-provoking and something I feel my community should take seriously,” he said.

Aboriginal Health Conference stall 2018

  Commission's information stall at the conference



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.

May 15                 Fair Go for your clients – Addressing systemic discrimination

May 16                 Equal Opportunity for managers and supervisors

May 17                 Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture

May 29                Contact Officer Role

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.