Assessment 1 – EEO




Assessment 1 – EEO

Assessment 1

Individual Project:

Critical Analysis

Diversity Policy, Equal Employment Opportunity & Discrimination Acts

Critical Analysis of the DET Diversity Policy

The DET Diversity Policy is a set of rules and guidelines that have been created to attempt to reduce the amount of unfair treatment that is happening to the disadvantaged groups. This policy is only supporting the education organisations and the community.


Equal Employment Opportunity

This is a national and state law which covers all of Australia. These laws are made to make the workplace a more discrimination and harassment free workplace. An employer has the most responsibility to ensure that the workplace follows all these rules and regulations set by the Equal Employment Opportunity policy.

The Equal Employment Opportunity was created to ensure the following outcomes are achieved:

  • A diverse and effective workforce is established.
  • Better access for employees and better opportunities for participating in activities.
  • A workplace that practices and behaves in fair and reasonable ways.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity is designed to achieve these fair practices, including:

  • No discrimination in the workplace
  • No harassment in the workplace
  • No bias when making management decisions
  • The most suitable applicant is picked without other personal factors being taken into consideration.
  • Making sure that all employees get the facilities and training that is necessary
  • Ensuring that all social and cultural backgrounds are respected.
  • Employees’ rights relating to Equal Employment Opportunity include:

  • A workplace that does not contain an discrimination or harassment to anyone.
  • Are behaviours and practices are fair in the workplace
  • Selection and management decisions that are based on merits and qualities.
  • Suitable training and development programs that will increase effectiveness and efficiency
  • The access to benefits and special conditions are equal for all in the workplace
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    The access to benefits and special conditions are equal for all in the workplace

    Employee’s responsibilities relating to Equal Employment Opportunity include:

  • To ensure that you are working at your best capabilities and give service that is satisfactory
  • Acknowledging and recognising the skills and capabilities of others in the workforce.
  • Preventing any harassment from getting out of hand.
  • Respect and accept all differences between people, culturally and characteristically.
  • Treat people in a fair and reasonable way that does not discriminate or harass them
  • Racial Discrimination

    This is defined as the practice or action that discriminates against or offends a certain racial group. This racial group could be cultural, religious or even just people with the same skin colour.

    Quoted from the United Nations, Racial discrimination can be defined as:

    “The term “racial discrimination” shall mean any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin that has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.”

    The following are examples of racial discrimination in the Workplace:

  • a worker receives harassment because he is of a different racial background
  • An applicant’s application is ignored because he is from a racial background that the employer does not prefer.
  • Any statement that will purposefully offend a certain racial group, this could be a video, written message, typed email or any other way or communication.
  • These are just some of the examples however racial discrimination can generally happen anytime and be done in countless ways. The ones that are that results in the most severe consequences are the ones that are deliberate, obvious and offensive.

    Sex Discrimination

    Sex discrimination usually occurs to girls only because of the old times when the discrimination against women was acceptable to an extent. Nowadays, there are many rules and regulations which state that gender discrimination is against the law and will result in severe consequences.

    An example of a situation that is regarded as Sex discrimination is when a woman is not accepted a job because the employer believes that a women is not capable of doing the work. By Law, if the woman feels that she is capable of the job, the employer must ensure that this will not affect the decision.

    Another common example is when a male employer earns more money than a female worker with the same position, experience and skillset. This is discrimination because the only difference between the two workers is gender, which cannot affect the salaries of the workers.

    Other examples of Sex discrimination that are more severe are:

  • A person that is looking for a sexual favour from another employee
  • Sexual advances that are unwelcome and unsolicited
  • Physical harassment to an opposite sex
  • All these examples will be severe and may even result in jail time or large fines.


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