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Equal employment opportunity training

Deakin University is committed to providing staff and students with an environment free from discrimination and harassment. To fulfil our obligations under the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act (2010), we need to ensure that all staff receive Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training and refresher training every few years.


Training for Supervisors, Managers and Team Leaders

Equity and Diversity delivers face-to-face Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) training for Managers, Supervisors and Team Leaders.

Your responsibilities as a Manager, Supervisor or Team Leader

You have a duty of care towards your staff. You must take all reasonable and practical measures to ensure that staff members are not subject to, and do not participate in, any form of behaviour which might constitute discrimination or sexual harassment.

You need to:

  • be aware of, identify and prevent discrimination and harassment
  • be approachable, clear and fair
  • encourage all staff to behave appropriately
  • provide leadership
  • intervene in inappropriate behaviours
  • respond to and resolve complaints.

About the training

The two hour program focuses on:

  • discrimination
  • sexual harassment
  • EO legislation
  • the Fair Work Act
  • roles and responsibilities of managers
  • policies and procedures
  • complaints handling.

Training dates

Wednesday 9 April, 10 am–12 pm, Warrnambool Campus, Room g1.01 (Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre)

Further dates are to be scheduled for 2014.

How to enrol

To self-enrol, go to StaffConnect, select 'Training', then 'Training Nomination', then 'Search and Register for a Course'. Don't enter any details - just click 'Find'. The course code is E0001 - Harassment and Discrimination Manager Training. If you need any help with registration, please contact Felicity Thyer


Training for all staff

All staff are welcome to enrol in any of our online diversity courses. Each one should take you around an hour to complete, but you don't have to complete it in one go - you can save and revisit.

Cultural diversity online courses

Australian culture

If you are not of Australian cultural background, this course will provide you with an insight into how culture has shaped the language, values and humour of Australians.

This course will make you aware of the assumptions and expectations you may bring to interactions and will help you work more effectively. This course assumes that you have some basic understanding of cultural value systems and that you are familiar with some of the terminology (such as collectivism, individualism and egalitarianism) of studies about cultural value systems.

Cultural awareness

When we interact with people from different cultures, whether they live in Australia or abroad, we have to be prepared for our own assumptions to be proved invalid. To be able to interact effectively, a sound understanding of cultural values and cross-cultural communication patterns is necessary, as well as knowledge of our own culture.

The aim of this course is to raise cultural awareness and introduce you to some of the basic concepts.

Cross-cultural communication

This course provides you with a better understanding of differences in communication styles to broaden cultural understanding and help create better workplace relations.

The course addresses the four main types of communication patterns: English speaking societies, East and South-East Asian societies, Eastern European societies and Latin cultures of Europe and South America, and South Asian and Middle Eastern societies.

It is highly interactive and concludes with five case studies in which participants are asked to make judgement calls about common misunderstandings.

Discrimination and harassment online training

This training is compulsory for all staff and refresher training needs to be completed every three years. Your faculty/division will contact you about this, but you are welcome to do the course before receiving a reminder.  Enrol here

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