The Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (OADC) co-operates with all Tasmanians in working towards a world where discrimination, prejudice, bias and prohibited conduct are indicators of a history that is no longer with us.
The OADC envisions a Tasmanian community which recognises that all people are entitled to respect, dignity and appreciation for their contributions and themselves and where all are accepted for their diverse abilities and strengths.
The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner's work and practice is founded in principles of fairness, acceptance, recognition, co-operation, cultural diversity and awareness and continued service to the community. Within the OADC all staff will provide leadership in the application of these principles.
The OADC seeks to act in accordance with the following values:
The OADC promotes the development of processes and services, which are transparent and based on procedural fairness and natural justice.
The OADC aims to provide individuals and groups with the opportunity to resolve grievances through an independent body, which acts at all times with impartiality and integrity.
The OADC aims to promote the Act in a positive way, so that the principles and practices it embodies are readily understood, recognising people's diverse backgrounds, education, training or geographical location. The Commissioner and staff in collaboration with key stakeholders continually seek to become informed about the wider issues and concerns of Tasmanians that have relevance to the Act and its operation and impact.
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 respect of rights is the newsletter of the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.
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Do you have a question about discrimination, sexual harassment, the Act or functions of this office? If you do, fill out the Online enquiry form and we will answer your questions.
The Online form can also be used to inform us of a recent incident of discrimination, harassment or inciting hatred that may have happened to you, a friend or relative. This will help us monitor discrimination and prohibited conduct that may be happening out in the Community so we can focus our educational programs to these areas.
If you have been seriously intimidated or harmed you should report this to Tasmania police.
Please note without a formal complaint your enquiry will only be used for the purposes of collecting information.
Be informed before you lodge a complaint. Go to Making a complaint for more information.
Please contact our office to discuss your training and education needs.
Listen in and be informed about your rights under the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.
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
The Play by the Rules website provides news, resources and free online training to assist sport and recreation clubs and administrators, officials, coaches, players and spectators to keep sport safe, fair and inclusive.