Equal Opportunity Commission

Working to make Western Australia free from discrimination and prejudice.
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When is victimisation unlawful?

The Commission often gets asked by potential complainants; if they make a complaint about an organisation or person, will they be informed they were the complainant?
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Commission visit to Boronia Pre-release Centre

WA Commissioner Dr John Byrne visited Boronia Pre-release Centre with Strategy and Engagement team members Kayla Manuel and Sarah Johnston to give the winner of the 2024 Aboriginal Calendar artwork her award in the lead up to the International Day of Human Rights.
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Regional Roundup for 2023

This year the Commission's Strategy and Engagement Team provided outreach to every region across WA.

What we do




What is unlawful discrimination and harassment


About the complaints process

The Equal Opportunity Commission is open to the public from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. 

The Commissioner can investigate and endeavour to conciliate allegations of discrimination based on one or more grounds of the Act. A complaint must be in writing and can be in a person's first language.  The incident or incidents included in a complaint must have occurred less than 12 months before the complaint is lodged.  In some circumstances, the Commissioner may consider conciliation can help to resolve a complaint and a conciliation conference may be organised so the parties can participate.  If a complaint is not conciliated and has not been dismissed by the Commissioner, it is referred to the State Administrative Tribunal with a assistance from the Commissioner. If a complaint has been dismissed the complainant can have the complaint referred to the Tribunal but is not assisted by the Commissioner.

 Laws alone do not end intolerance, prejudice and discrimination in our community - so education is a vital part of the Commission’s function.

Community events, education, training sessions, seminars, workshops and papers are regularly presented by Commission staff.   These seek to enhance understanding of the principles of equal opportunity, as well as increase recognition of the provisions contained in the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.  Presentations or training by Commission staff may be requested by contacting the Commission.

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For FOI applications relating to Equal Opportunity Commission, you can apply online with our online application form.