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Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory



Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory

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2 0 The second was held in Sydney in May 1987 with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The focus for this conference was the formation of a National Consultative Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation. This Office was also represented at the 8th National Equal Employment Opportunity Conference, which focussed on the theme "Assessing Equal Employment Opportunity Achievement" held in Adelaide in November 1986. Special Project At the beginning of 1987, the Office in consultation with the Department of the Chief Minister, gathered data on the membership of advisory councils, committees and statutory bodies in the Northern Territory. Information was gathered from 158 bodies. The study revealed that the members of most advisory councils, committees and statutory bodies in the Northern Territory are males from English-speaking backgrounds who are industry, business or professional representatives. Figures for the years 1983, 1985 and 1987 are compared in the following table. 1983 1985 1987 Number of Bodies 59 134 158 Number of Positions 408 880 1076 Number of Women 47 117 212 Percentage of Positions held by Women 11.5% 13.3% 19. 7% Number of Men 361 763 864 Percentage of Positions held by Men 88.5% 86.7% 80. 3% The Report of the Survey will be used to develop awareness of the profiles of advisory bodies. Newsletter The Office produced and distributed the first issue of its Newsletter. The Newsletter will be produced four times per year as a strategy for informing the community at large of activities related to Equal Opportunity at both the Territory and National level. Non Discriminatory Language Guidelines In keeping with Government policy on the use of non discriminatory language in official government documents, the Office drafted a set of Guidelines for use by Departments and Prescribed Authorities. The Guidelines are available on request from the Office.