Review of organisational structures under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984

The Attorney General, the Hon Michael Mischin MLC, requested that the Public Sector Commissioner carry out a review of the organisational structures established under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (EO Act). The terms of reference for the review were:

To examine what organisational structures would enable the efficient and effective achievement of the objectives of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

The final report was provided to the Attorney General’s office on 13 August 2014, and was tabled in Parliament on 26 March 2015.

Central to the review was an examination of the role and structure of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) and the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment (DEOPE), with a view to making recommendations as to how the objectives of the EO Act could best be achieved in Western Australia today.

The EO Act outlaws discrimination on a range of grounds, including race, sex, disability and age. It allows individuals to seek redress concerning discrimination in a range of life activities, including employment, education, the provision of goods, services and facilities, accommodation, sport and the administration of State laws and services. It also establishes the statutory positions of EOC and DEOPE, to promote and maintain the objectives of the EO Act.

Maintaining standards of equal opportunity and anti-discrimination within the community remains an issue of paramount importance. However, as the EOC approached its 30th anniversary, it was timely to review how the EOC goes about its business and how it should be structured to ensure that the objectives of the EO Act are maintained and promoted in the most effective way.

Please note that the review focused on the organisational structures and positions which undertake functions under the EO Act. It did not consider or make recommendations about the grounds or areas of discrimination or the exceptions under the EO Act.

Conduct of the review

The review was independent from the EOC. It was supported by staff of the Public Sector Commission (PSC) and guided by input from a reference group comprised of key government and non-government stakeholders.

The review was also assisted by information and submissions from relevant government agencies, non-government organisations and interested individuals. The submission period ran for six weeks from 17 February 2014 to 28 March 2014. To assist stakeholders, the PSC prepared a guide to making a submission to the review.

The review concluded with advice and recommendations to the Attorney General as to any changes that could be made to the structure or operations of the organisations that have a function under the EO Act, to improve their effectiveness and efficiency in achieving the objects of the Act.

Critical dates

  • 17 February 2014 - Review commenced
  • 17 February 2014 - Submission period opened
  • 28 March 2014 - Submission period closed (5.00 pm)
  • 15 August 2014 - Review concluded

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