Training, Education and Development

Effective anti-discrimination training

Effective anti-discrimination training is 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 size, must adhere to the Act.

Employers, supervisors/managers, and employees (including casuals, contract workers, part-time and/or full-time and volunteers) all need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

A discrimination free workplace helps:

  • increase your pool of potential employees so 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 Act states that organisations must ensure their 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.

Meeting your obligations

Training is an important way to ensure staff are aware of discrimination and prohibited conduct. Whether training has occurred may be taken into account when determining if your organisation has taken reasonable steps to prevent members, officers, employees or agents from engaging in discrimination and prohibited conduct. However, training alone does not absolve your organisation from the responsibilities under section 104.

To assist your organisation meet its obligations under the Anti-Discrimination Act, please refer to the guide below.

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Online Training with Equal Opportunity Tasmania

Our Trainers are available to do online training for Workplaces, Community Groups, Schools and Exemptions. Our Training, Development and Education Officer's will consult with you regarding your specific training needs. Programs can be tailored with content specifically catering to the needs of your organisation.

The online training sessions use Zoom and are live and interactive, participants require access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good internet connection.

Face-to-face training

To keep participants safe, we are adhering to Public Health Advice regarding our face-to-face training, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your requirements so we can give you the most up to-date information regarding our availability.

Contact us

For further information on our training programs, please go to our training page on this website www.equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/training

Our training team welcome questions and booking enquiries.

Phone: (03) 6165 7515
Email: training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

Podcasts

Podcasts

Podcast about Racism and COVID-19

Exploring how COVID-19 is impacting people’s lives, and leading to discrimination in ways we didn’t predict or want. What types of racist conduct is unlawful under the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act? May 2020.

Podcast about COVID-19 and discrimination - Your rights and responsibilities

Exploring some of the discrimination issues that might come up about the COVID-19 pandemic, and knowing your rights and responsibilities. May 2020.

Podcast about reporting abuse and/or harassment in Tasmania

How to report incidents of abuse and/or harassment you have experienced or witnessed. May 2020.

Podcast for Employees

Coronavirus – vulnerable employees identified. Knowing your legal rights and responsibilities as an employee under Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act. May 2020.

Podcast for Employers

Coronavirus – vulnerable employees identified. Knowing your legal responsibilities as an employer under Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act. May 2020.

Community information sessions

Community information sessions

The training team at Equal Opportunity Tasmania liaises with not-for-profit community organisations, community groups, unions and other interested individuals to provide a 1 hour FREE information session.

Online information sessions

Our Trainers are available to do on-line information sessions for Community Groups. The online information sessions use Zoom and are live and interactive, participants require access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good internet connection.

Face-to-face information sessions

To keep participants safe, we are adhering to Public Health Advice regarding our face-to-face training, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your requirements so we can give you the most up to-date information regarding our availability.

Community information sessions, workshops and engagement forums aim to promote non-discriminatory practices and empower those groups who are most likely to experience discrimination and harassment. Sessions can be designed to focus on a range of human rights issues such as those affecting:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • People with disabilities
  • Culturally Diverse groups / communities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities
  • Young people
  • Older people
  • Gender

For further information or to organise an information session, contact the training team on (03) 6165 7515 or e-mail training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

School student talks

School student talks

The training team at Equal Opportunity Tasmania works co-operatively with schools, colleges and other educational institutions to provide a range of FREE information sessions. Presentations to students on issues relating to discrimination, harassment and bullying can assist schools to develop their capacity to:

  • accept and embrace diversity
  • celebrate and respect differences
  • promote non-discriminatory practices
  • empower those groups who are most likely to experience discrimination, harassment and bullying

Our talks are designed for students from Grade 4 upwards. We can work with the school to design programs using Kahoot that are age appropriate and engaging for students. For higher grade levels we can tailor the sessions for your school / 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
  • Equal Opportunity Tasmania and the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998
  • Victimisation, inciting hatred and sexual harassment
  • Discrimination in employment
  • Rights and responsibilities

Feedback from Schools


“This talk was a wonderful way to engage students and explore the concept of treating people fairly.  It fitted perfectly within our social and emotional learning program and enabled the students to hear from another organisation in our community.  The message was meaningful and had a practical component as the students had to decide what they would do as their act of kindness to others.  One week after the talks the presenter returned and the children made connections with their learning as they shared with each other the ways they had shown kindness to others.”

Fran Bearman, Acting Principal
John Paul II Catholic School


“Equal Opportunity was a valuable learning session for our students.  The content discussed by the facilitator was age appropriate and thought provoking.  Information from the seminar has direct the Australian Curriculum and fits perfectly within the Department of Education’s respectful schools framework and cross-curricular priorities.  The seminar could be used as a one off talk to a class or embedded within a teaching and learning unit with a particular focus on the area being studied.  Presentations would be relevant for all age groups.  Thanks to the team at Equal Opportunity, we really valued your presentations and will be in touch for further presentations next year!”

New Norfolk High School


For our Year 11 & 12 cohort knowledge about aspects of discrimination becomes particularly relevant when students are accessing jobs and participating in work placements or applying for housing etc.  We recognise that Jordan River Learning Federation students need to be aware of both their rights and responsibilities in the area of discrimination, employment, access to information, job interviews and developing a personal mantra of non-discriminatory behaviours”.

Maree Conrad Wilson, AP Years 11 &12
Jordan River Learning Federation Senior School


Online information sessions

Our Trainers are available to do online information sessions for schools, Colleges, TAFE and Universities. The online information sessions use Zoom and are live and interactive, participants require access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good internet connection.

Face-to-face information sessions

To keep participants safe, we are adhering to Public Health Advice regarding our face-to-face training, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your requirements so we can give you the most up to-date information regarding our availability.

For further information or to organise a talk for your school /college contact the training team on (03) 6165 7515 or e-mail training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au

Contact the Training, Education and Development team

Contact the Training, Education and Development team

The Training, Education and Development team can be contacted via the following:

phone Phone: (03) 6165 7515

email training@equalopportunity.tas.gov.au