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JEWS BELEflS EMBARGOED: 5PM SATURDAY 14 April 1984

EEO IN THE WORKPLACE

Federal Department of Employment and Industrial Relations

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A f f i r m a t i v e A c t i o n i s n o t j u s t a b o u t g e t t i n g more women i n t o

s e n i o r a d m i n i s t r a t i v e o r a c a de mi c p o s i t i o n s . I t i s a l s o a b o u t

i m p r o v i n g t he w o r k i n g c o n d i t i o n s o f a l l women e mp l o y e e s i n

any o r g a n i s a t i o n .

W h i l e i t i s i m p o r t a n t t o i n c r e a s e t he number o f women i n management

and s e n i o r a d m i n i s t r a t i v e p o s i t i o n s , a t p r e s e n t mo s t wo'men

a r e i n o c c u p a t i o n s such as t y p i s t s , s e c r e t a r i e s and d a t a e n t r y

c l e r k s . These women s h o u l d a l s o be r e p r e s e n t e d on any j o i n t

w o r k i n g p a r t y t o d e v e l o p an Equal Empl oy ment O p p o r t u n i t y p l a n .

T h i s r e m i n d e r was g i v e n by Ms J e n n i Ne a r y , D i r e c t o r o f t he

Women' s Bureau, when a d d r e s s i n g a s e m i n a r on D i s c r i m i n a t i o n

and t h e Law, a r r a n g e d by Women i n T e r t i a r y I n s t i t u t i o n s f o r

s t u d e n t s and s t a f f f r o m Sydney u n i v e r s i t i e s and c o l l e g e s o f

a d v an c e d e d u c a t i o n y e s t e r d a y ( S a t u r d a y 14 A p r i l ) .

I n a s e s s i o n e n t i t l e d "How t o Use t he Sex D i s c r i m i n a t i o n A c t , "

Ms Ne a r y e mp h a s i s e d t he a c t i v e r o l e e m p l o y e r s and u n i o n s can

p l a y t o c r e a t e an e q u i t a b l e wor k e n v i r o n m e n t .

U n i o n s and e m p l o y e r s can wor k t o g e t h e r t o e s t a b l i s h a j o i n t

u n i o n - m a n a g e m e n t c o n s u l t a t i v e mechani sm t o a s s i s t w i t h t he

d e v e l o p m e n t o f an A f f i r m a t i v e A c t i o n management p l a n .

Ms Nea r y a l s o o u t l i n e d measur es w h i c h can be t a k e n i n t he p u b l i c

and p r i v a t e s e c t o r s , o r g a n i s a t i o n s n o t c o v e r e d by Commonweal t h

o r S t a t e L e g i s l a t i o n , or even s e l f e mp l o y me n t . These i n c l u d e

p r o m o t i o n o f equal o p p o r t u n i t y as good b u s i n e s s , e n s u r i n g t h a t

u p - t o - d a t e i n f o r m a t i o n i s d i s t r i b u t e d t o a l l l e v e l s o f t he

o r g a n i s a t i o n , and s u p p o r t f o r u n i o n p o l i c i e s on Equal Empl oyment

Op po r tu n i t y .

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The F e d e r a l Sex D i s c r i m i n a t i o n A c t a l l o w s f o r f o r m a l c o m p l a i n t s

t o be made i n c as es o f d i s c r i m i n a t i o n on t he g r o u n d s o f s e x ,

m a r i t a l s t a t u s o r p r e g n a n c y i n such a r e a s as e m p l o y m e n t , e d u c a t i o n ,

a c c o m m o d a t i o n , cl ub-s o r s e r v i c e s and f a c i l i t i e s . C o m p l a i n a n t s

w i l l be a b l e t o choose w h e t h e r t o make a c o m p l a i n t u n d e r t he

S t a t e o r F e d e r a l A c t .

Ms N e a r y p o i n t e d o u t , h o w e v e r , t h a t i f C o n c i l i a t i o n w i t h i n

t h e o r g a n i s a t i o n was l i k e l y t o b r i n g a b o u t a s a t i s f a c t o r y

r e s o l u t i o n t h e n t h i s p r o c e d u r e may be a more a p p r o p r i a t e f i r s t

s t e p .

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