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Equal Opportunity Policy Template A sample equal opportunity (EO) and anti-harassment policy for Victorian Government schools About this sample policy This sample policy is designed to help you create a safe and inclusive school and workplace, to encourage you to consider the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (“the Charter of Human Rights”) and to meet your legal responsibilities in relation to EO. Please adapt it and use it to reflect upon and meet your school community’s unique needs. This document provides links to an EO Policy Checklist , which provides a series of useful tools and an EO Guideline that may further assist you. The Policy Introduction [name of school] aims to provide a welcoming, supportive, and emotionally and physically secure learning and working environment for every member of the school community. [name of school ] recognises and promotes human rights, and values the diversity of culture, beliefs, practices, customs, physical and intellectual abilities and life experience of the whole school community. Our commitment [name of school] aims to create an inclusive school culture that fosters acceptance and respect for diversity. In doing so, we seek to deepen understanding and knowledge, promote student and staff wellbeing and help everyone achieve their full potential. This school is enriched by and celebrates the diversity of our whole school community. That is why discrimination, harassment, vilification, bullying and victimisation will not be tolerated at [name of school/ under any circumstances. [name of school] is committed to ensuring that the working environment is free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, vilification and victimisation. This school acknowledges that in society some people are treated unfairly or unfavourably because of irrelevant personal characteristics such as their sex or race. This school supports the Charter of Human Rights and the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), which says that it is against the law to discriminate against anyone, including students and school staff, because of their actual or assumed: age breastfeeding carer status disability/impairment gender identity industrial activity lawful sexual activity EO Policy Template Last updated 29 July 2011
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marital status parental status physical features political belief or activity pregnancy race religious belief or activity sex sexual orientation personal association with someone who has, or is assumed to have, one of these personal characteristics. No member of the school community will be treated less favourably because they possess any of these personal characteristics nor will such characteristics affect access to benefits and services [name of school] provides.
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