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2014 Training course descriptors

2014 Training calendar, January - June

2014 Training calendar, July - December 2014

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.

Why have training

Client testimonials

Our trainers


Community education

School talks

Standardised calendar training

Workplace-based customised training

Other services

Why have training?

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:

  • increase your pool of potential employees meaning you get the best person for the job;
  • build the morale and productivity of your employees;
  • minimise complaints, disruptions and legal wrangles so you can get on with work;
  • build your reputation in the community.

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.

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Client testimonials

'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.
Optia Incorporated
March 2013

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
February 2013 

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
Tasmanian Polytechnic
February 2013

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

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Our trainers

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 18 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 28 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.  

Contact Roz Smart or Louise Adams.

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  • The OADC provides free information sessions to not-for-profit community organisations, community groups, schools and colleges to empower those groups who are most likely to experience discrimination,harassment and bullying.
  • Calendar training sessions attract a fee per participant.
  • Workplace-based customised training programs attract a fee per program.
  • OADC customised training programs are also available for community organisations, consideration will be given to a fee reduction subject to the nature, size and capacity of the organisation to pay for training. 

OADC fee policy

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Community Education

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:

  • people with disabilities,
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,
  • ethnic and religious minority groups,
  • gay, lesbian, bi-sexual & transgender and intersex communities,
  • young people,
  • seniors,
  • women & men.

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. 

OADC Community Education flier (word) (PDF)

OADC fee policy 

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School talks

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:

  • Diversity
  • Stereotypes – prejudice - discrimination
  • Types of bullying  including cyber-bullying
  • Bystanders behaviour
  • What to do if it happens to you or you see it
  • The Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner & the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998
  • Victimisation, inciting hatred and sexual harassment
  • Discrimination in employment
  • Rights and responsibilities

OADC School Talks flier (word) (PDF)

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Standardised Calendar training

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:

  • Train the Trainer - Conduct your own Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying program in your workplace 
  • Supporting the process; training for Advocates and Community Workers

Anti-Discrimination Awareness Training Programs

  • Bullying – what it is, what it's not and what to do about it
  •  Sexual Harassment – what it is, what it's not and what to do about it
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Awareness
  • Racism – defining, recognising and dealing with it
  • Young, old, in-between… Is your workplace age inclusive?
  • Disability Awareness – Is your workplace disability ready?
  • We are not all the same but we are equal, GLBTI anti-discrimination awareness
  • Family Responsibilities and the Workplace – Best Practice for all
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying – A Guide for Hospitality Workers
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying – A Guide for Teachers and Principals

 Workplace Support/Contact Officer/Person Training Programs

  • Workplace Support/Contact Officer/Person Role
  • Workplace Support/Contact Officer/Person Refresher
  • Workplace Support/Contact Officer/Person Networking Meeting

 Management Training Programs

  • Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying - Management for Managers
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Discrimination Free Management and Management Practices (includes Recruitment & Selection)
  • Investigating Complaints

Follow these links for information on training calendar details July - December training calendarJanuary - June training calendartraining course descriptors, registration and expressions of interest forms and costs. Or contact our Training, Education and Development Team  

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Workplace-based customised training

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.

Contact our Training, Education and Development Team

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Other Services

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:

  • information about training or community education sessions;
  • printed information, including fact sheets, pamphlets and publications;
  • online information including Federal and State legislation, annual reports, complaint handling, rights and responsibilities and employer responsibilities and latest updates;
  • free enquiry service all of our staff are trained and experienced to handle your enquiry promptly, fairly, impartially and professionally.  All enquiries are treated confidentially.

Please contact our Training, Education and Development Team to make an appointment to discuss your training needs.

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