Today (13 May 2013), the Attorey-General launched an Investigation Report by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner into the practices of insurance companies and their decisions regarding the provision of insurance for volunteers.
Many insurance companies adopt age limits for personal injury insurance for volunteers beyond which they are unwilling to provide insurance coverage. Where insurance coverage is available, policies often contain restrictions that prevent people in particular age groups from accessing the same benefits as others.
The question is, however, whether the way in which age is factored into the risk profile adopted by many in the insurance industry unfairly and unlawfully discriminates against some volunteers on the basis of age: whether it is reasonable in all the circumstances.
It is this question that forms the basis of this investigation into the data used by some insurance providers to justify age-based exclusions from insurance cover for volunteers.
Investigation Report: Volunteers, Age and Insurance [364 KB, Word]
The evening will feature short films about people advocating for their rights and a panel discussion, followed by light refreshments.
The films have captions and audio description. Auslan interpreters will also be available.
The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have other needs or any dietary requirements, please include these in your RSVP.
On the launch of the national Anti-Racism Strategy (24 August 2012) the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Robin Banks, is asking all Tasmanians to play their part in stamping out racism.
A key initiative in the new national strategy is the promotion of 'bystander action': each of us taking action when we see or hear racism occuring.
Report It! is a tool that can be used by those who experience or witness racism or any other form of discrimination, abuse or harassment to make a report to this office.
Link to Online Report It! form
Link to National Anti-Racism Campaign
In July 2012, the National Anti-Racism Partnership of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) , the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the Multicultural Advisory Council (AMC) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released its National Anti-Racism Strategy report. The report is available online at: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/antiracism/
The launch of the National Anti-Racism Strategy will take place in August in Melbourne.
The Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has pledged its support to work with the Partnership to ensure the strategy is implemented effectively in Tasmania.
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The OADC is continuing an initiative introduced in 2007 with various community radio stations across the State to broadcast anti-discrimination information to the Tasmanian community.
The OADC acknowleges the following participating radio stations who continue to provide their support with regular timeslots:
HOBART FM (96.1 FM)
Mondays at 10.45am
HUON FM (95.3 & 98.5 FM)
Every 2nd Tuesday at 10.40am
Tasman Radio (97.7 FM)
Every 2nd Wednesday at 12:30pm
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