Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory
Tabled Paper 390
Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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18 OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Functional responsibility for the Office was transferred to the Public Service Commissioner's Office from the Department of the Chief Minister. Staffed by a Director, an Office Secretary, a Planning Officer, a Program Development Officer and a Research Officer, the functions of the Office of Equal Opportunity are to: advise the Minister for Labour and Administrative Services on the development and implementation of equal opportunity policies; identify both within the public and private sector, areas in employment and in delivery of or access to services where equal opportunity is unavailable or is being denied, and create an awareness in the public and private sectors of the need for equal opportunity, by means of consultation and conciliation. The major aim of the Office is to facilitate the removal of barriers which inhibit the ability of individuals or groups to develop to their maximum potential. Barriers are most likely to occur in areas such as employment, accommodation, education, health and welfare services. In the past year, links established with other agencies in the Territory working to overcome disadvantage in government and non-government sectors have been utilised and consultation with organisations in the private sector continued. Equal Opportunity Management Plans In November 1986 the Chief Minister directed that Equal Opportunity Management Plans be introduced into Government Departments and Instrumentalities. Draft General Orders and Guidelines were subsequently prepared and have been circulated for comments. An interdepartmental working party will consider and finalise the General Orders and Guidelines which will assist Departments and Instrumentalities to begin development and implementation of their Equal Opportunity Management Plans in 1988. Sexual Harassment An area which received a lot of media coverage in the past year, sexual harassment constituted 13% of complaints received in the Office. In line with this increase of awareness, Draft General Orders on the prevention and elimination of Sexual Harassment in the Public Sector have been circulated to all Government Departments, Prescribed Authorities and the Trades and Labour Council for their consideration.
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