Reporting on public interest matters e.g. a balanced newspaper report ➢Fair comment –where it is a genuine belief of the person If you cannot resolve a case of discrimination or racial hatred personally, you need to make a complaint (in writing) to the Australian Human Rights Commission. It should detail what happened, when and where it happened and who was involved. The commission will then attempt to resolve the complaint through conciliation –an informal process that facilitates talking about the issues and resolving them. If this is unsuccessful, the complaint can be moved to the Federal Court of Australia or the Federal Magistrates Court. Preventing discrimination There have been various national consultations, conferences, community discussions and online forums that the Australian Human Rights Commission has enacted, to combat discrimination. The Commission has also created resources for employers to respond to and benefit from cultural diversity, as well as educational resources. More information on this can be found out at .
In February 2011, The People of Australia was announced as the country's new multicultural policy. It is working towards developing and implementing a comprehensive National Anti-Racism Strategy. You will need to be an advocate for anti-racism in the workplace and community. You will need clear policies and procedures in place to outline what is expected and take a strict stance against anyone who violates these terms. You should promote the collaboration of people from different cultures and races in and out of the workplace. You should grant everyone equal rights and treat everyone in a fair and respectful manner at all times. The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 This was established after Australia signed the United Nations': ➢International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ➢Declaration on the Rights of the Child ➢Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded Persons ➢Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons. It also signed the International Labour Organisation's: ➢Convention 111, concerning discrimination in employment and occupation ➢Convention 156, concerning workers with family responsibilities. The Act makes it illegal to discriminate against people based on the following factors/characteristics: ➢Race ➢Colour ➢Sex➢Religion ➢Political opinion (in employment only) ➢National extraction or social origin ➢Age ➢Medical record ➢Irrelevant criminal record (in employment only) ➢Impairment ➢Marital status
➢Mental, intellectual or psychiatric disability ➢Nationality ➢Physical disability ➢Sexual preference (in employment only) ➢Trade union activity (in employment only). Source: In order to facilitate full participation in service delivery by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and/or co-workers, you will need to address cultural realities.