Sexual harassment still a concern

Published on 30/09/2011

Sexual harassment comprised 22 %, impairment 20%, and race 11% of complaints dealt with by the Commission's North Qld office according to its annual report which was tabled in parliament yesterday.

Sexual harassment still a concern in north Queensland

Sexual harassment comprised 22 per cent of complaints dealt with by the North Queensland office of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Discrimination (ADCQ) according to its Annual Report which was tabled in parliament yesterday.

'Many of these complaints occurred in the hospitality industry' said Anti- Discrimination Commissioner Kevin Cocks.

In 2010-11, 20% of all discrimination complaints managed through the Townsville ADCQ office related to impairment discrimination in the area of access and work.

Race complaints made up 11 % of complaints in the North Queensland region. Many race complaints still involve racist comments made directly to the person making the complaint said Commissioner Cocks.   Racist attitudes and behaviour is still an ongoing issue across the Queensland community.

North Queenslanders embraced the opportunity to receive training and education on their rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, with 46 sessions being delivered across the region in the financial year.

There has been a demand for more advanced training including Investigating complaints and Contact officer this year, said Commissioner Cocks.

We have conducted education sessions in Townsville, Mackay, Bowen , Proserpine and Airlie Beach  this year, and we are keen to continue to ensure regional Queenslanders have the opportunity to learn about Human Rights.

Interviews: Commissioner Kevin Cocks

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