Equal Opportunity and Anti-discrimination
Advice on developing policies and procedures related to equal opportunity and
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Do you need to comply?
Yes, under the provisions of a range of Commonwealth and
Conditions of compliance
Equal Opportunity and anti-discrimination is a requirement
under Commonwealth and State legislation.
Equal opportunity and anti-discrimination practices should
be addressed as part of a school’s duty of care to provide respectful, safe and
inclusive school environment which is, free of discrimination, harassment,
bullying, vilification, victimisation and otherwise unlawful and unacceptable
Schools must adhere to the following Commonwealth and State
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth.)
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth.)
- Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth.)
- Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act
- Charter of Human Rights & Responsibilities Act
- Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth.)
- Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic.)
- Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic.)
- Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic.)
- Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 (Vic)
- Education & Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic).
If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
Schools have a responsibility to ensure students are safe
within the school and broader learning environments and must provide an
appropriate duty of care to all students.
Schools should implement a whole school approach and
implement policies, procedures and strategies that are guided by the principles
of acceptance, dignity and respect for diversity.
Policies should include strategies to:
- create a positive school culture that is fair and
- expect positive, supportive and respectful
relationships that are inclusive and value diversity
- promote pro-social values and behaviours
- proactively engage with students, parents/carers,
local community and promote consistency and a positive approach by all
stakeholders encouraging student participation and student voice
- implement strategies that enable students to
communicate with teachers or other school-based staff when support is required
- regular self-monitoring to review policies, programs
and practices and include feedback mechanisms to ensure continuous improvement
- programs to up-skill young people, e.g. bystander
training, resilience training
- modifications to the physical environment
- teacher professional development.
What are the consequences if you don't comply?
You may be putting your students’ health and wellbeing at
Who will help you?
Independent Schools Victoria contact:
Director, School Services
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