Community awareness, education and fee-for-service training form two of the four major roles undertaken by the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.
Community awareness, education and information sessions are provided to the community and non-profit groups.
Fee based services are provided for the corporate and public sectors. Training and community education is conducted around the State in all major centres.
As employers, service providers, business and government generally become more aware of their responsibilities under the Act, taking positive steps to promote best practice in their organisations, the need for training and education grows.
The training team of the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner offers 'open' courses through the training calendar.
Training can also be tailored to the needs of the particular organisation, with content specifically chosen to match those needs, and delivered on their premises.
Effective anti-discrimination and anti-harassment strategies in your workplace are good practice, and good for business.
The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 'the Act' requires employers to create a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.
All organisations in Tasmania, regardless of their size, must adhere to the Act. Employers, supervisors/managers and employees (including casuals, contract workers, part-time and/or full-time) all need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.
A productive and discrimination free workplace helps:
Section 104 of the Anti-Discrimination Act states that an organisation is to ensure that its members, officers, employees and agents are made aware of the discrimination and prohibited conduct to which the Act relates. If an organisation does not take reasonable steps to do this, it is liable for any contravention of the Act by any of its members, officers, employees and agents.
One way of meeting obligations under section104 is through training.
Training provides an important avenue for ensuring staff awareness of discrimination and prohibited conduct. It may be a factor taken into account in determining whether an agency has taken reasonable steps to ensure that no member, officer, employee or agent has engaged in discrimination and prohibited conduct. It needs to be remembered that while training is an important step, it does not itself absolve organisations of responsibility under section 104. For more information on this subject see the 'Obligations of organisations', section 104 brochure.
'The session was a real eye-opener and a lot of useful information was shared'
'The activity really made you delve into what may or may not be bullying and to look into what the issues really are'
Bullying, what it is, what it's not and what to do about it.
'I recently attended the ‘Train the Trainer’ course presented by Roz and Louise. There is no doubt you would already know that both are skillful, passionate, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable trainers. They are truly an asset to your team.
Their style of delivery, and the way in which this course was structured and of course presented, makes it one of the best trainings I’ve ever attended.
With a renewed confidence, I’m energised and looking forward to rolling out training to our workforce.'
Train the Trainer
Joshua Bowring, Veranto
'Louise, your passion for what you do is clear and you provided a great overview for our class on anti-discrimination. The ethos of your workplace as you describe it is enviable.
I look forward to taking the principles you shared today into any future work I do as a teacher assistant.'
Polytechnic Education Support class
'I found all segments useful. Very challenging topic handled very well. Good balance between rights and responsibilities.'
'Really appreciated real life examples. Easier to relate to. Language used was at correct level. All terms were understood.'
'Made me challenge internally regarding some aspects I am seeing in the workplace at present.'
NyrStar Manager training
May and June 2012
The Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (OADC) has 2 training, development and education officers, Roz Smart and Louise Adams.
Roz and Louise are highly experienced facilitators, have an excellent understanding of the Act and are committed to delivering quality up-to-date information to assist the Tasmanian community.
Roz has 16 years experience facilitating training sessions on workplace diversity and/or anti-discrimination for many different organisations and community groups at all levels. Roz has been employed as a trainer for the OADC for the past 7 years.
Louise has over 27 years experience working in both welfare and education sectors and is a strong human rights and social justice advocate with a strong belief that everyone has the fundamental human right to live in a discrimination free society. Louise has been employed as a trainer for the OADC for the past 2 years.
The training team at the OADC liaises and works co-operatively with community organisations, community groups, schools, colleges, other educational institutions, unions and interested individuals to provide a range of training and information sessions relating to equal opportunity and promoting non-discriminatory practices.
Community information sessions, workshops and engagement forums can be designed to focus on a range of human rights issues such as those affecting:
OADC customised training programs are also available for community organisations, wherever possible consideration will be given to a fee reduction subject to the nature, size and capacity of the organisation to pay for training.
The training team at the OADC liaises and works co-operatively with schools, colleges, other educational institutions and interested individuals to provide a range of FREE information sessions.
Presentations to students on issues relating to anti-discrimination, harassment and bullying assist schools in developing the capacity within their school community to accept and embrace diversity, celebrate and respect differences, promote non-discriminatory practices and empower those groups who are most likely to experience discrimination, harassment and bullying.
Our school talks are designed to include interaction and input from students and to cater to different class and age levels from kindergarten to college.
Topics covered in sessions depending on the grade level of students are:
The OADC publishes a training calendar for every 6-month period. Calendar sessions are held in the OADC's training rooms and allow for a mixture of participants to attend on behalf of an organisation or independently.
Calendar programs include:
Anti-Discrimination Awareness Training Programs
Workplace Support/Contact Officer/Person Training Programs
Management Training Programs
Follow these links for information on training calendar details January - June 2013, July - December 2013, course descriptors, registration and expressions of interest forms and costs. Or contact our Training, Education and Development Team
If you have 5 or more participants, it may be more economical to have the training delivered at your business premises. We can deliver training to your staff in a group or as a one-to-one program to best fit your workplace environment.
All training programs can be tailored with the content specifically catering to the needs of your organisation and support your policies and procedures. This is done through consultation with one of our Training, Education and Development Officers to find out what specific training is required and what topics need to be covered that have been of concern to the organisation or which need refreshing.
Our training, education and development officers can also offer assistance in developing and implementing anti-discrimination, anti-harassment/bullying and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and grievance procedures.
Contact the training team for:
Please contact our Training, Education and Development Team to make an appointment to discuss your training needs.