News, reports and submissions

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Latest news

Tasmania's Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy 2019-2022

The Tasmanian Government has recently released the Respect and Protect Older Tasmanians: Tasmania's Elder Abuse Prevention Strategy 2019-2022. The strategy aims to ensure that the Tasmanian community understands and recognises elder abuse and, as a community, is committed to responding to and preventing the abuse of older Tasmanians.

NAIDOC Week - July 2019

NAIDOC week is celebrated across Australian states during the month of July celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Find out more on the NAIDOC Week website.

The Link Youth Health Service Outreach Program

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has partnered with The Link Youth Health Service (The Link) to help young people aged 12 to 25 identify and deal with discrimination experienced in Tasmania. Staff from Equal Opportunity Tasmania will visit The Link to provide information about individuals rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas). The sessions will be held every Monday from 2.30pm to 3.30pm at The Link, 57 Liverpool St, Hobart.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania Outreach Program

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has partnered with the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) to help their clients deal with discrimination and racism experienced in Tasmania. Every month, staff from Equal Opportunity Tasmania will visit MRC Tas to give their clients information about their rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas). The clinics are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 3pm to 5pm at MRC Tas, KGV Sports and Community Centre, Level 2, 1A Anfield St, Glenorchy.

Educational adjustments - Stakeholder forums

The Department of Education have announced recently that from 2020 there will be a new approach to assisting students with disability to access, participate and engage in learning.  Educational Adjustments seeks to better align school supports and educational adjustments to the needs of students.

Find out more
For more information, contact Inclusion and Diversity Services, Department of Education disabilityprograms@education.tas.gov.au or you can Register to attend a Parent and family forum in your local area.

The forums will be held across the state and via an online forum in Term 2 and will run for one hour.

Facebook
This link includes brief information and the registration link: https://www.facebook.com/265355850247093/posts/2210286829087309?sfns=mo

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

The Australian Government announced the start of a public consultations on the draft terms of reference for a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

It will focus on what governments, institutions and the community should do to prevent, and respond to, violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

A Royal Commission may cover all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability, in all settings. However, the exact scope of a Royal Commission will be determined by its Terms of Reference.

Have your say on what you think should be included in the Terms of Reference for this Royal Commission. For more information on how to do this, go to the Australian Government, Department of Social Services website.

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

Public submissions are now open for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Commission issued a call for public submissions in December and will accept submissions until at least the middle of 2019. A date for the closing of submission will be announced in the second half this year.

Submissions can be made, by the following ways:

  • via the website submissions form on the Submissions page
  • by mail: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, GPO Box 1151, Adelaide SA 5001
  • by talking to someone on our information helpline: 1800 960 711

You can join the Commission's mailing list to receive regular e-mail updates on the Commission activities by registering online.

20th Anniversary of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 20th anniversary of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. On 11 December 2018, as part of Human Rights Week, Equal Opportunity Tasmania and invited guests celebrated these milestones and thanked those helping to drive such important legislation. Terese Henning (Associate Professor in Law at UTas and the Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute) delivered the keynote speech.

Let's make Tasmania the kind state

Kindness Rally Let's Make Tasmania the Kind State

The Kindness Rally, held as part of Human Rights Week on Friday 7 December was a heartening, inspiring and encouraging event with so many Tasmanian's turning out to support making Tasmania the kind state.

The event celebrated and recognised those who contribute daily to making Tasmania a kinder place to live, by working to combat homelessness, gender-based violence, elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, illiteracy, modern-day slavery, exploitation, discrimination, harassment and offshore detention.

Many making a pledge on the day to continue our journey towards making Tasmania the kind state and spreading the message of kindness to everyone.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 30th anniversary of the Tasmanian Human Rights Week Organising Committee and the 20th anniversary of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

On 20 June 2018, Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, announced a National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

The Commission wants to hear from as many people as they can in conducting the National Inquiry. To facilitate this, the National Inquiry will involve a submission process, as well as public consultations held in all Australian capital cities and a number of regional cities later in 2018.

Hobart consultation

The first consultations were held in Hobart on Wednesday 26 September.

If you have any questions, please contact the National Inquiry team at SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or (02) 9284 9750 or visit the National Inquiry website


Expungement of Historical Homosexual and Cross-Dressing Offences

The expungement of historical offences scheme has recently commenced in Tasmania.  The scheme enables charges and convictions for homosexual and cross-dressing offences that would not be a criminal offence today to be effectively removed from a person's official criminal record.

For further information, or to make a free and confidential application, go to EHOS website, email ehos@justice.tas.gov.au or call 1300 156 545.

Media releases

Latest media releases

Media releases

Media statement regarding the proposed Federal Government's Religious Discrimination Bill 2019

Media statement on welcome changes to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 in relation to gender identity

Media release regarding the Rally for Kindness held on 7 December 2018

Media statement by Sarah Bolt, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in response to reports of racist comments and graffiti targeting individuals standing for election in local government elections

Media Statement released by Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA)

August 2018 - Commissioners reject racist policies espoused by Queensland Senator
(docx, 19.9 KB)

Media alert regarding the 'Racism. It Stops with Me' roundtable event in Hobart

Media release by Human Rights Week Organising Committee - Human Rights Week Awards

Media release by Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA) - Human rights bodies call for protection of human rights on Manus Island.

Media release by Sarah Bolt, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner seeking information on the display of Neo-Nazi posters.

Media release by Sarah Bolt, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner encouraging all members of the community to show respect and tolerance during the period of the Australian marriage law postal survey.

Other media releases

Media releases

2016 - 17

Media release by Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies (ACHRA) in relation to the Uluru Statement.

June 2017 - Australia's human rights bodies tell political leaders: Uluru Statement 'cannot be ignored'
(pdf, 161.1 KB)

Media release by Sarah Bolt, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner commenting on proposed amendments to section 17(1) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

Media release by Vanessa Goodwin, Attorney-General announcing Sarah Bolt as Tasmania's new Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.

January, 2017 - Bolt to be new Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (pdf, 116.6 KB)

2015 - 16

22 March 2016
Communique -  Disability Justice Strategy for Tasmania Project Meetings (docx, 273.8 KB)

12 February 2016

Media release announcing the launch of the consultation on Legal recognition of sex and gender diversity in Tasmania: Options for amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1999.

18 December 2015
Statement from the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in relation to the complaint made by Martine Delaney about the booklet, Don’t Mess With Marriage. (docx, 472.0 KB)

3 December 2015
Tasmanians continue to showcase their unwavering commitment to Human Rights (doc, 57.0 KB)

10 November 2015
Equal Opportunity Tasmania (DOCX, 35.1 KB)

2014 - 15

Commissioner welcomes abolition of mandatory medical assessments of older drivers (DOC, 44.5 KB)

Redressing past wrong: expunging historic criminal records for consensual homosexual sexual activity (DOC, 43.0 KB)

2013 - 14

Amendments improve discrimination processes and protections (DOC, 42.0 KB)

Forty years in support of Aboriginal Rights (DOC, 41.5 KB)

‘Racism. It stops with me’ signing of the pledge  (DOC, 42.5 KB)

2012 - 13

Report It! (DOC, 46.0 KB)

Launch of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner’s Annual Report 2011-12 (DOC, 45.0 KB)

Join Jackson Bird in taking the Pledge to stop racism  (DOC, 46.5 KB)

2011 - 12

Commissioner welcomes removal of barriers to older drivers (DOC, 43.5 KB)

Launch of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner’s Annual Report 2010–11 (DOC, 53.0 KB)

Overdue to give people with disability a fair go in work (DOC, 44.0 KB)

Congratulations to Tasmania’s People of Australia Ambassadors (DOC, 44.0 KB)

Using social media to promote women’s rights (DOC, 45.0 KB)

Join the Harmony (DOCX, 369.7 KB)

Race Relations Round Table Communique (DOC, 43.5 KB)

Celebrating Idaho Day – International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (DOC, 48.5 KB)

Reports, Papers and Submissions

Latest Reports, Papers and Submissions

Review of the Defence of Insanity in s16 of the Criminal code and Fitness to Plead

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Review of the Defence of Insanity in s16 of the Criminal Code and Fitness to Plead, May 2019.

Section 87 of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Tas) Review

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in response to the WorkCover Tasmania Board's Review of Section 87 of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Tas), April 2019.

Draft regulatory framework for the on-demand passenger transport industry

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in response to the Draft regulatory framework for the on-demand passenger transport industry in Tasmania, November 2018.

Draft regulatory framework for the on-demand passenger transport industry
(PDF, 161.4 KB)

Draft regulatory framework for the on-demand passenger transport industry
(DOCX, 222.6 KB)

Review of Community Visitor Schemes

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in response to the national Review of Community Visitor Schemes by the Department of Social Services, November 2018.  Westwood Splice, Independent Consultants are gathering information to inform the review.

Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 (Tas) Review

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Review of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 (Tas), March 2018.

Religious Freedom in Australia

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to expert panel on Religious Freedom Protection in Australia, December 2017.

Review of Religious Freedom in Australia
(PDF, 574.0 KB)

Tasmanian Women's Strategy 2018-2020

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner on Tasmanian Women's Strategy 2018-2020, October 2017.

Tasmanian Women's Strategy 2018-2020
(pdf, 451.8 KB)

Disability Framework for Action 2018-2020

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner on the Disability Framework for Action 2018-2020, June 2017.

Whole of Journey Guide

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner on the Whole of Journey Guide: A Guide for thinking beyond compliance to create accessible public transport journeys, May 2017.

Protecting and Strengthening Australia's Multiculturalism and Social Inclusion

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to the Senate Select Committee on protecting and strengthening Australia's multiculturalism and social inclusion, May 2017.

Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Regulatory Review

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner on the Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Regulatory Review, March 2017.

Protecting Freedom of Religion or Belief

Submission by the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Protecting Freedom of Religion or Belief, January 2017.

Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill

Submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill, January 2017.

Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill (pdf, 432.7 KB)

Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill (DOCX, 246.6 KB)

Inquiry into Freedom of Speech

Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Freedom of Speech, December 2016.

Human Rights Inquiry into Freedom of Speech (DOCX, 394.4 KB)

Response to August draft of the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016

The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has responded to the August draft of the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016, which proposes to extend defences to conduct done for ‘religious purposes’ and change provisions dealing with rejection and dismissal of complaints made under the Act.

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Response on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016 (pdf, 458.7 KB)

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Response on the Anti-Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016 (DOCX, 260.7 KB)

Legal Recognition of Sex and Gender Diversity in Tasmania

Options paper from the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner seeking views on possible amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1999 (Tas) to ensure legal recognition of sex and gender diversity in Tasmania.

Treatment of Historic Records for Consensual Homosexual Sexual Activity

The Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has publicly released her final report on the Treatment of Historic Records for Consensual Homosexual Sexual Activity issue.  The report sets out recommendation for the State Government to consider and has been provided to the Attorney-General, the Hon Vanessa Goodwin.

Treatment of Historic Records for Consensual Homosexual Sexual Activity (PDF, 626 KB)

Treatment of Historic records for Consensual Homosexual Sexual Activity (doc, 342.5 KB)

Other Reports, Papers and Submissions

Other Reports, Papers and Submissions

The Commissioner has a responsibility to review proposed legislation and make public submissions into State and Federal policies and inquiries where relevant to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. Word versions are also available below.

Reports

Final report on annual drivers testing of drivers aged 85 years of age or over written by the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner

Feb 2008 - Final Report - Annual Driving Tests for drivers 85 years and over PDF, 99.1 KB

Many insurance companies adopt age limits for personal injury insurance for volunteers beyond which they are unwilling to provide insurance coverage.

Volunteers, age and insurance - Investigation Report PDF, 1.0 MB

Submissions

Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards). Submission of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania.

January 2014 - Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws PDF, 778.4 KB

Submission of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Tasmania,  to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws

January 2014 - Submission on 'supporting working parents: national review on pregnancy and return to work' to the Australian Human Rights Commission PDF, 515.9 KB

Submission of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania to the  Australian Human Rights Commission’s Supporting working parents: national review on pregnancy and return to work

April 2014 - Submission on the Exposure draft Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s18C) Bill 2014 PDF, 555.1 KB

Submission of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania on the Exposure draft  Freedom of Speech  (Repeal of s18C) Bill 2014

May 2014 - Submission on the Draft Policy Paper – Airline Two Wheelchair Policies PDF, 375.2 KB

Submission of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania on the Draft Policy Paper – Airline Two Wheelchair Policies

July 2014 - 2012 Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002  (Transport Standards) PDF, 371.8 KB

Submission of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Tasmania on the Draft Report on the Review of the Disability Standards for  Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards).

May 2015 Submission to the Senate  PDF, 346.5 KB

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings

June 2015 - Submission on review of the Disability (Access to Premises-Building) Standards 2010 PDF, 583.9 KB

August 2015 - ACHRA Submission-Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment PDF, 554.5 KB

Submission by ACHRA (Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities) to the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment

January 2016 - Submission to Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians (DOCX, 175.4 KB)

Submissions of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Tasmania to the Australian Human Rights Commission's Willing to Work National Inquiries into employment discrimination.

Alternate word versions

June 2015 - Submission on review of the Disability (Access to Premises-Building) Standards 2010 (DOC, 412.0 KB)

August 2015-ACHRA Submission-Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment (DOC, 218.5 KB)

May 2015-  OADC Submission to the Senate against people with disability in institutional and residential settings.doc (DOC, 173.0 KB)

April 2015 - Treatment of historic criminal records for consensual homosexual sexual activity and related conduct (DOC, 342.5 KB)

Final report on Annual Driving Tests for Drivers aged 85 years and over (DOC, 222.0 KB)

July 2014 - 2012 Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002  (Transport Standards) (DOC, 133.0 KB)

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws (DOC, 353.0 KB)

Submission on 'supporting working parents: national review on pregnancy and return to work' to the Australian Human Rights Commission (DOC, 237.5 KB)

Submission on the Exposure draft Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s18C) Bill 2014 (DOC, 377.5 KB)

Submission on the Draft Policy Paper – Airline Two Wheelchair Policies (DOC, 90.9 KB)

Older submissions may be located on the LINC Tasmania website.


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