Balancing the Act: ADCQ newsletter -
Issue 40 (Summer 2017-2018)
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Issue 40 contents
In February 2018 Commissioner Kevin Cocks’ term of appointment will come to an end. Here he reflects on his seven years as Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner.
Focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit
This year has been a big year for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit. We hosted the seventh Mabo Oration in partnership with QPAC , and launched illustrated resources about the human rights histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland. In 2018, we will farewell the Unit's Coordinator, Ms Liz Bond, who has been with the Commission since its inception.
- Tribute to Liz Bond
- Human rights histories
- Treaty and native title on the agenda at Mabo Oration
News and information
Human Rights Month runs from 10 November to 10 December, and this year's focus is on creating age-friendly workplaces. We also deliver training on topics such as unconscious bias, recruitment, and managing complaints.
- Human rights month
- Training sessions
The Commission has a strong commitment to strengthening the understanding, promotion, and protection of human rights in Queensland. Here is a taste of our recent community engagement work:
- Cohesive community
- Belonging in our community
- Trans @ school
- Inclusive sports and beach days
Two significant judgments are featured in this edition — one from the Queensland Court of Appeal, and one from the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT). A report of a decision on an exemption application to QCAT, and background on new laws to regulate the labour hire industry in Queensland are also included.
- Queensland's highest court explains characteristic of an attribute
- Prank that was sexual harassment
- Closing the gender superannuation gap
- Labour hire overhaul
The Commission resolves most complaints through the conciliation process. In this article, we give tips that are equally useful for all parties engaged in the conciliation process — complainants and respondents alike.