Equal Opportunity Commission
The Western Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity is responsible for the administration of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. The main objective of the Act
"promote equality of opportunity in Western Australia and to provide remedies in respect of discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, family responsibility or family status, race, religious or political conviction, impairment, or age, or involving sexual or racial harassment or, in certain cases, on gender history grounds."
The Commissioner carries out this role by conducting community education and training, investigating and conciliating complaints of discrimination, and providing information to the community about equal opportunity.
Information on the Human Rights Community Education Program can be found on the Equal Opportunity Commission website.
Everybody deserves a "fair go". It doesn't matter what sex, race or age you are, if you have a disability in any way, your marital status, pregnancy, your family status or family responsibility, the religious or political beliefs you might hold, any spent convictions you may have, your sexual orientation or gender history – everybody has the right to be treated fairly.
The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 aims to give everyone a fair go – by law. It makes it unlawful to discriminate against people on certain grounds and areas of public life. It means that if any person believes that they have been discriminated against in these ways, there is an avenue they can pursue for help.
The Commission provides a variety of services that seek to inform and promote the principles of equal opportunity to individuals, employers, employees, equal opportunity coordinators, representatives of public and private sector agencies as well as community and voluntary groups.
There are a number of fact sheets that you can access through the
Commission staff deal with any general concerns or queries about rights and responsibilities under equal opportunity laws.
Equal Opportunity Commission – Western Australia
141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
T: +61 8 9216 3900 (from outside Australia)
Freecall: 1800 198 149 (from within Australia)
TTY: +61 8 9216 3936