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Anti-discrimination Policy

INTRODUCTION

Thornlie Christian College seeks to provide a non-discriminatory environment for all staff, students and visitors. To this end Thornlie Christian College affirms the following: 
  1. Thornlie Christian College will not discriminate in its enrolments or staff recruitment on the basis of gender, race or disability. 
  2. Thornlie Christian College will not tolerate racial, sexual or disability discrimination of any form within the school environment and will act swiftly to deal with it. 
  3. Thornlie Christian College will implement a curriculum which, through comprehensive, realistic and age-appropriate lessons/material educates students to the harm of discrimination based on gender, race or disability. 
See AISWA Policies and Procedure Guidelines For Schools – Disability Discrimination

Sexual Discrimination and Racial Discrimination for definitions and further information 

Enrollment

The rights given by Part 4 of the Standards are to give prospective students with disabilities the right to enroll in an educational institution on the same basis as prospective students without disabilities, including the right to reasonable adjustments that are necessary to ensure that they are able to so enroll on the same basis as prospective students without disabilities. 

Participation

The rights given by Part 5 of the Standards are to give students with disabilities the right to participate in the courses or programmes, and to use services and facilities, provided by an educational institution, on the same basis as students without disabilities, including the right to reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to ensure they are able to participate in education and training, on the same basis as students without disabilities. 

Curriculum development, accreditation and delivery

The rights given by Part 6 of the Standards are to give students with disabilities the right to participate in educational courses or programs that are designed to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, including relevant supplementary programs, on the same basis as students without disabilities. 

Student support services

The effect of the rights given by Part 7 of the Standards are to give students with disabilities rights in relation to student support services provided by educational authorities and institutions. 

The standards also give students with disabilities rights in relation to specialised services needed for them to participate in the educational activities for which they are enrolled. These services include specialist expertise, personal educational support or support for personal and medical care, without which some students with disabilities would not be able to access education and training. 

Elimination of harassment and victimisation

The effect of the rights given by Part 8 of the Standards are to require strategies and programs to support the right of students with disabilities to education or training in an environment that is free from discrimination caused by harassment or victimisation on the basis of their disability. 

The standards also support the right of students who have associates with disabilities to an educational environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation in relation to those disabilities. 

Student records are required to be kept for 7 years after the child leaves the College. 

The Privacy Act allows students access to those records. The College will keep detailed records of any reasonable adjustment considered or made. For example, individual education plans, individual behaviour plans, structural changes to the school’s property and all correspondence. 

Application for Employment

It is illegal to discriminate on the grounds of an applicant’s disability by not offering them the job, or setting terms or conditions, because of their disability (Section 15) 

Promotion, Training, Dismissal of staff

Not offering promotional or training to staff or dismissing them because of his/her disability is unlawful. 

Harassment

Comments or actions made about a child’s or employee’s disability, insults or humiliating jokes, actions that create a hostile environment are acts of discrimination.