Equal opportunity in public employment
Equal opportunity in public employment is about ensuring all employees in public authorities have equal opportunity in their work opportunities and are not subject to discrimination.
The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (the Act) is the main piece of legislation underpinning the principles of equal opportunity in Western Australia.
On 1 December 2010, the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity merged with the Public Sector Commission. This move recognised the strategic link between equal opportunity in public employment and workforce planning in the public sector.
The position of Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment (DEOPE) is an independent statutory position responsible for performing the functions as outlined in Part IX of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (the Act).
The DEOPE reports annually to the Minister responsible for Part IX of the Act, currently the Premier.
The statutory role of the DEOPE is to:
- advise and assist public authorities to develop Equal Employment Opportunity Management Plans;
- evaluate the effectiveness of EEO Management Plans in achieving the objects of Part IX of the Act;
- monitor and report to the Minister on the operation and effectiveness of EEO Management Plans; and
- undertake investigations into matters regarding the development and implementation of EEO Management Plans.
EEO Management Plans are the principle accountability instrument for public authorities to ensure an absence of discrimination and positive employment outcomes for diversity groups.
In performing these functions, the DEOPE is supported by the Workforce Planning and Diversity Branch of the Public Sector Commission.
Equal Employment Opportunity Reporting Requirements
Section 145 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 requires public authorities to prepare and implement an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Management Plan.
These requirements are discussed on the Equal Employment Opportunity Reporting page in the Agency Obligations section.
Services for Agencies
The DEOPE reports annually on the achievement of public authorities progress towards equal opportunity through the DEOPE annual report.
Advice & Consultation
The Public Sector Commission provides an advice and consultation service to assist public authorities achieve their EEO objectives.
A range of equity and diversity tools are available on the Workforce Planning Toolkit page.
Workshops & Forums
The Public Sector Commission runs workforce planning workshops and Diversity Forums throughout the year.
The Public Sector Commission evaluate EEO Management Plans in accordance with Part IX, Division 3, section 145 of the Act.
Related Services in Other Agencies
Discrimination: Is Your Query for the Equal Opportunity Commission?
The WA Equal Opportunity Commission (ph: 9216 3900) provides advice about your rights and responsibilities under equal opportunity laws. If you would like information about discrimination, or you feel you have been discriminated against, please contact the WA Equal Opportunity Commission. This is not a service provided by the Public Sector Commission.
Page last updated 27 September 2012