is more than just a cool idea - it's the law! It's about ensuring that everyone in the workplace
gets a fair go and is not discriminated against.
Discrimination is when someone
is not treated as fairly as someone else in a similar situation.
If you have what it takes to do the job, your employer
has to give you the opportunity to show your worth, regardless of your:
- sexual preference
- political opinion
And regardless of
- you are a man or a woman
- you have a physical or intellectual
- you are a new migrant or from
a migrant background
- you are young or old
- you are married or single
Equal training opportunities
You should receive the same opportunity
to attend training sessions as everyone else who does the same job as you.
Equal chance of getting a promotion
You should have the same chance of getting
a promotion as everyone else who has the same qualifications
Same skills +
same qualifications + same work = equal pay
Everyone with the same skills, who does the
same work, or work of equal value has the right to receive the same pay.
Enjoy the same
conditions of employment
Your conditions of employment are the
terms under which you agree to work and include your wage or salary
amount, number of working hours and the times in which you work. You can have
conditions of employment that are different to your workmates, as long as
the reason for the difference is not discriminatory.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
The Human Rights
and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) was established
in 1986. It was set up to look into actions which are discriminatory.
There are a number of federal laws that force employers give everyone a fair
go. These laws include:
The HREOC is responsible for making
sure employers follow these laws. Their other responsibilities include:
- educating people about equal opportunity and
- handling discrimination and human rights complaints
- helping make laws related to equal
opportunity and human rights.
Say you applied for a job or asked
the boss for
a promotion and you were refused simply because of your race. If you think
you have enough skills and qualifications and experience for the job you would
have every right to appeal against that decision. The Human Rights and Equal
Opportunity Commission is where you would lodge your appeal for you.
Affirmative action is positive action taken in the workplace to promote equal
Affirmative action involves:
- identifying and removing all of the barriers
confronting women in employment;
- putting in place programs and strategies that
ensure women and men have the ability to compete on equal terms for jobs
- encouraging women to enter jobs traditionally
seen as unsuitable for them; and
- promoting equal access to higher wages
and increased prospects of job advancement.
In 1986 the Affirmative Action
Act was passed to make sure women don’t get a raw deal when it comes to employment
opportunities and promotions. The Act requires private sector
companies, community organisations and a number of other organisations such
with 100 or more employees
to establish an affirmative action program.
At the same time the Affirmative Action Agency was established to administer
the Act. In 1999 the Act was amended
to become the Equal Opportunity
for Women in the Workplace
Act (1999) and the name of the Agency was also changed to the Equal Opportunity
for Women in the Workplace Agency.