Role of the DEOPE

The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (EO Act) is the legislative instrument supporting the principles of equal opportunity in Western Australia.

The Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment (DEOPE) is a statutory officer appointed by the Western Australian Governor to perform the functions of Part IX of the EO Act. 

While the DEOPE concurrently holds an Executive Director position with the Public Sector Commission, the DEOPE role remains an independent statutory position and reports directly to the Minister.

The role and functions of the DEOPE are outlined in section 143 of the EO Act and are to:

  • advise and assist authorities to develop Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) management plans
  • evaluate the effectiveness of EEO management plans in achieving the objects of Part IX of the EO Act
  • report to the Minister on the operation of EEO management plans. 

The authority of the DEOPE extends to public sector authorities (State Government agencies, local governments, public universities and government trading enterprises) and public sector entities, including the non-public sector authorities of Western Australia Police and electorate offices.

Is you​r query for the Equal Opportunity Commission?

The Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia 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 Equal Opportunity Commission.


Page last updated 20 July 2016