Australian Anti-discrimination legislation and the Disability Education Standards
1. The main function of HEROC is to protect Australian’s human rights. The Human Rights commission has a president who also is the chief executive officer, which incidentally is not recommended good governance practice. Ideally the function of president and chief executive officer should be performed by two people. Also in another departure the president and CEO is also the Human Rights commissioner. The other officers are:
a. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
b. Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner
c. Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination
According to information provided on the website there is supposed to be a President and five commissioners presently there is a President and only three other commissioners. I am not sure whether this is a permanent or temporary arrangement that has arisen from cost cutting measures or funding issues.
HEROC is a statutory authority responsible for education, complaints handling, human rights compliance in accordance with international treaties and Australian legislation, and policy/legislative development.
2. Education Function
There are number of publication available to be downloaded including “Understanding human rights”, “Disability rights”, “Young people in the workplace” and “Tackling sexual harassment”. One relevant publication “Disability rights” is a resource for teachers aimed at people 14 years and over. The subject is based on a scenario involving a 14 year old student who after an accident has diminished capabilities. Although it is aimed at middle to senior school students it still has resonance with learners in the VET sector as it explores the issues surrounding harassment and equity including legal obligations. The concept of reasonable adjustment is extensively discussed...