Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission annual report 2005-2006
Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission
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Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission 2005/2006 Annual Report 7 5% were parenthood related 24% were race related 11% were sex related and 5% were sexuality related. Overall 55% of complaints were work related. We consistently manage to complete (ie resolve, dismiss, conciliate, conduct public hearings) complaints within time limits stipulated by the Act with an average resolution time of four months. 50% of all complaints accepted are resolved through conciliation which is a resounding endorsement for the process. Conciliation in this regard ranges from formal conciliation conferences pursuant to the Act to informal conciliations by telephone. The credit for the outstanding and cost effective results which we continue to achieve goes mainly to my staff who are small in number but skilled, committed, vigilant and energetic. I thank them for their tireless efforts. Our co-location at our Darwin CBD headquarters with the offices of the Information Commissioner and the Community Justice Centre continues to result in some cost efficiencies, facilitates the reciprocity of hearing Commissioner functions between AntiDiscrimination and Information Commissioners should that need arise (the AntiDiscrimination Commission has a dedicated and fully appointed hearing room on location), and facilitates the referral of disputes to the Community Justice Centre which fall outside the ambit of the Act. The Commission has still not succeeded in persuading government to fund a fully staffed Alice Springs office, or an outreach office at Casuarina. We remain convinced that the establishment of these two offices would satisfy substantial unmet need and obviously impact significantly on our workload. Funding for the Community Visitor Program (CVP), which is administered through this office and established pursuant to the Mental Health and Related Services Act (NT) 1998, was increased this financial year for 2006/2007 and onwards to accommodate increased demand from consumers and to enable the Community Visitor and the Community Visitor Panels to more adequately discharge their statutory functions. The CVP has complaints resolution, inspection and monitoring functions with respect to mental health services in the NT. Tony Fitzgerald Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
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