The S.A.F.E. Files Equal opportunity in employment

Description

Encouraging and supporting equality and diversity in the workplace is essential for creating an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Implementing a strategy to prevent discrimination, harassment and victimisation will see a range of benefits for your organisation.

This course has been designed to provide legally compliant training about company and worker responsibilities in relation to equal opportunity in employment, how to avoid discrimination and promote diversity in the workplace. The content is delivered using simple language and graphic storytelling to engage the learner and improve knowledge retention.

This course was created in partnership with award-winning Australian law firm Lander & Rogers.

Business outcomes

By implementing this course your organisation can:

  • reduce the incidence of unlawful discrimination in the workplace
  • reduce the risk of being found vicariously liable for a claim of unlawful discrimination made in the workplace
  • protect your organisational brand and reputation from damage related to breaches of discrimination laws
  • deliver comprehensive and cost-effective equal opportunity training to a wide range of individuals in the workplace
  • strengthen employee engagement by implementing best practice compliance with equal opportunity laws.

Topics covered

This course covers the following topics:

  • Legal definitions of Commonwealth, state and territory law relating to discrimination and equal opportunity in the workplace
  • Definition of a protected attribute and a list of protected attributes for each state and territory
  • Direct and indirect discrimination
  • Discrimination in advertising, selection and recruitment, employment contracts, promotions, training and flexible work requests
  • Victimisation
  • Special measures and reasonable adjustments
  • Genuine occupational requirements
  • The benefits of promoting diversity in the workplace
  • The personal and organisational impacts of discrimination in employment
  • Worker rights and responsibilities.

Learning objectives

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • explain why workplace decisions and actions should be based on merit, and not any protected attribute
  • describe their rights and responsibilities in relation to equal opportunity in the workplace
  • list what are and what are not protected attributes in relation to unlawful discrimination in the workplace
  • distinguish between direct and indirect discrimination in the workplace
  • identify the benefits of equal opportunity in the workplace.

Target audience

The content contained in this course is suitable for:

  • public and private sector workers
  • workers, executives and board members at all levels of an organisation.

Duration

Approximately 40 minutes

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