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The University aims to ensure that all staff and students are treated fairly and enjoy a work and study environment that is free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and vilification.
The Fair Treatment Policy and associated Guidelines for Staff and Student Grievance Resolution Process encompasses discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, bullying, racism, and vilification and integrates these often overlapping issues into one easy to understand and use policy framework.
All members of the University Community have a right to, and responsibility for creating, a fair, safe and productive work and study environment.
The Fair Treatment Policy:
Under the Policy unfair treatment includes:
Most of the behaviours described above are unlawful under State and Federal Human Rights and Equal Opportunity legislation.
Under the Fair Treatment Policy, members of the University Community are prohibited from engaging in these behaviours while on University grounds or engaged in University activities.
Commonly reported forms of bullying include humiliation through sarcasm, unwarranted criticism, innuendo and deliberate exclusion. Examples of bullying in the workplace include: undermining or deliberately impeding a person's work or spreading malicious gossip about a person that is not true.
Age – preferring a job applicant on the basis of the assumed attributes of their age group – ‘all young people are not experienced’ or ‘all older people are set in their ways’.
Disability or Medical Condition – not employing a person with a disability because of the cost of providing special equipment to accommodate that person’s disability in the workplace.
Race – not hiring a person for a job because of their nationality or ethnic origin.
Sex and sexuality – requiring a specified period of continuous service for promotion (this could discriminate against women as they are more likely to have interruptions to their working lives to have children).
Refusing to engage in a work project with another staff member because of their sexual orientation.
Family responsibility – continually setting meetings outside the normal span of hours so that attendance impacts on family responsibilities.
Making disparaging remarks in a meeting about the abilities of one gender over another or one race over another.
Sending unwelcome emails with sexually offensive or graphic material, smutty jokes or comments.
Treating a staff member unfavourably because they have made a complaint of discrimination.
In many cases of bullying, harassment and discrimination people often ‘didn't mean to offend’. It is sometimes difficult to know how our behaviour affects others. If in doubt, think before you speak or act, reflect after an event where your behaviour or intent may have been misunderstood and seek to rectify the situation, and seek advice.
Members of the University Community who believe the University’s fair treatment procedures have not produced a satisfactory resolution retain the right to lodge a complaint with an external agency such as the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission or the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Where criminal behaviour such as sexual violence, physical assault, obscene communications and stalking has occurred the complaint should be taken to the police.
A staff member seeking advice on unfair treatment should contact Human Resources on 8303 5666.
Staff may also seek advice from:
For fair treatment issues relating to students seek advice from Student Policy and Appeals on 8303 7503 or 8303 7572.
If you would like a pamphlet on the Fair Treatment Policy please contact the Equity Project Officer.
The information provided above is a summary only. For full details see: