General enrolment programs 2020

Our general enrolment programs offer individuals or small teams an opportunity to deepen their understanding of how the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 or the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) apply in their work, and develop skills to take back to the workplace. We aim to disrupt assumptions and challenge participants using realistic scenarios, current cases and best practice examples.

Our programs are a valuable opportunity to not only learn from content experts but also work with other organisations, share practices and develop useful networks.

In designing and delivering our programs, we draw on our significant functions under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001. As such, the Commission is uniquely placed to provide authoritative programs.

All of our programs can be customised and delivered at your workplace. We tailor these programs to the specific needs of the workplace, incorporating corporate documents, policies and procedures into the sessions as well as workplace case studies the audience will connect with.

Please note: General enrolment sessions with fewer than five participants may be rescheduled or cancelled with at least one week's notice.

For more information please call us on (03) 9032 3467 or email [email protected].

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Workplace equality: the Equal Opportunity Act - what you need to know

Work can be fundamental to a sense of independence, financial security and participation in public life. It is vital that our workplaces foster a culture where everyone is safe, included and respected. This course addresses the rights of employees and obligations of the workplace to prevent and respond to discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation. It helps establish a strong platform on which to build a healthy and inclusive workplace culture.

Participants will:

  • acknowledge the importance of creating a positive and healthy workplace culture
  • build confidence in identifying unlawful behaviour in the workplace under the Equal Opportunity Act
  • explore the boundaries of what is considered a workplace
  • pinpoint responsibility for unlawful conduct
  • navigate options for resolving workplace issues and complaints
  • consider actions that a bystander can take to foster a healthy workplace culture.

This program is ideally suited to all employers and employees.

Dates:

  • Tuesday 3 March 2020
  • Thursday 28 May 2020
  • Tuesday 6 October 2020
Cost: $396 inc. GST
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (3 hours)
Location: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton

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Workplace equality: the Equal Opportunity Act for unions and industrial advocates

Learn about discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation and how the Equal Opportunity Act helps build workplace equality. This full-day workshop will provide union delegates and industrial staff with greater confidence to identify unlawful behaviours and take action to address them through the  dispute resolution service and other functions.

Participants will:

  • identify unlawful conduct: discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, and the requirement to take reasonable precautions to prevent this conduct under the Equal Opportunity Act
  • understand how Victorian equal opportunity law interacts with other key laws and legal processes that address workplace equality issues.
  • take effective action to prevent and respond to unlawful behaviours in the workplace
  • use external complaint making options and the Commission's dispute resolution service
  • identify a range of remedies and outcomes available under the law, and other key Commission functions.

This program is specifically designed for industrial advocates, organisers and union delegates/ representatives

Dates:

  • Tuesday 25 February 2020
  • Thursday 27 August 2020

Cost: Free
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm (five hours with one-hour break)
Location: Training Rooms, Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton

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Workplace equality: preventing and responding to sexual harassment

Sexual harassment causes harm and is against the law. In order to eliminate sexual harassment from our workplace, everyone needs to understand where the law draws a line at unlawful conduct. This program breaks down what conduct amounts to sexual harassment in the workplace under the Equal Opportunity Act. It considers action that can be taken prevent and respond to sexual harassment to build respectful workplaces where all staff are safe.

This program is ideally suited to all employers and employees.

Participants will:

  • understand what conduct amounts to sexual harassment under the Equal Opportunity Act and practise recognising sexual harassment
  • explore the boundaries of what is considered a workplace
  • pinpoint responsibility for sexual harassment
  • explore options for resolving complaints of sexual harassment
  • consider actions that a bystander can take to address sexual harassment in the workplace and how this influences workplace culture.

Dates:

  • Tuesday 21 April 2020
  • Thursday 10 September 2020
Cost: $396 inc. GST
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (three hours)
Location: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton

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Equality in sport: Trans and gender diverse inclusion

Sporting clubs and organisations must be inclusive towards trans and gender diverse people and know what they need to do to protect and respect all people. This workshop promotes respectful interaction between athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators when engaging with trans and gender diverse people. It is delivered in partnership with Proud2Play. It explains the Commission’s guideline, Trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport, and sets out what it means for sports club and organisations.

Participants will:

  • recognise the need for trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport
  • gain practical and theoretical insights into gender diversity
  • be better prepared to promote and enable trans and gender diverse inclusion
  • be more confident in understanding and complying with Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act.

This program is ideally suited for members of sporting organisations and clubs, and those working in the diversity and inclusion field.

Dates:

  • Workshop sessions have yet to be confirmed
  • For more information or to express your interest, please email [email protected]

Cost: $440 inc. GST (20 per cent discount for not-for-profit organisations). FREE to representatives of non-professional sporting clubs.

Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm (four hours with 30-minute break)
Location: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton

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Workplace equality: contact officer essentials

People experiencing discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation in the workplace need access to confidential, reliable information and referral support. This program quips contact officers with the fundamental knowledge and skills to be a first point of contact in the workplace to provide confidential and impartial information about options to resolve complaints, both internal and external to the organisation. As such, contact officers are an important part of an organisation’s risk management and equal opportunity compliance strategy.

This program is ideally suited to new Contact Officers.

Participants will:

  • consider standards of appropriate workplace behaviour under their organisation’s policies and the law
  • explore the purpose of the Contact Officer role, the organisation’s expectations of the role and the knowledge and skills required to fulfil it
  • explore the steps involved in handling complaints and the role of a Contact Officer in supporting this process
  • practise the skills required to fulfil the role of contact officer effectively
  • recognise challenges faced by contact officers and identify solutions.

Dates:

  • Thursday 27 February 2020
  • Thursday 14 May 2020
  • Tuesday 11 August 2020
  • Thursday 19 November 2020

Cost: $792 inc. GST
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm (six hours with one-hour break)
Location: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton

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Workplace equality: contact officer refresher

Contact officers are the first point of contact in the workplace to provide confidential and impartial information about options to resolve complaints discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation. This program is designed to ensure that contact officers keep up to date and deepen their practice. This course discusses developments in equal opportunity law, common problems and techniques to improve practice. It allows contact officers to debrief and learn from peers.

This program is ideally suited to Contact Officers who have previously completed a contact office course.

Contact officers are recommended to take this course every two years.

Participants will:

  • explore key updates to equal opportunity law and practice, and the application to their policies and procedures
  • increase confidence in performing the role
  • identify challenges officers have encountered and identify solutions
  • revise and enhance interview skills.

Dates:

  • Tuesday 16 June 2020
  • Thursday 15 October 2020

Cost: $396 inc. GST
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (three hours) 
Location: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton

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