The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 became effective in Victoria on 1 August 2011. This act is for organisations employing staff in any capacity and volunteers. Organisations are to be compliant with the Act which includes having policy, procedures and practice fully incorporated to the Quality Management system.
The new Victorian Government made a few amendments which include:
* introduction of the positive duty;
* direct and indirect discrimination;
* assistance dogs;
* reasonable adjustments;
* volunteers included for sexual harassment in employment; and,
* exceptions for religious bodies and religious schools.
For more information please go to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commision website.
There are also tool kits for organisations provided by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commision which includes policy drafts that can be utilised.