Strathfield Council's EEO Management Plan 2014-2017 sets out the principles, strategies and actions to promote EEO in the workplace.  A copy of the plan can be viewed or printed from this page. 

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is about ensuring that workplaces are free from all forms of illegal discrimination and harassment.  Council develops and implements policies and programs that are fair and do not disadvantage people. All employees should be aware of their EEO responsibilities.  Those persons seeking employment at Strathfield Council should be aware of their responsibilities under EEO legislation as questions regarding this may be asked during selection interviews.

Strathfield Council is committed to eliminating and preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace through the implementation of EEO principles and programs for all potential and existing employees in relation to their recruitment, promotion, transfer, remuneration and conditions of employment, training and working environment throughout the course of their employment with Council.

By promoting EEO principles, Council provides opportunities for employees to develop their skills and abilities to their fullest potential in a non-discriminatory and harassment free environment.  This, in turn, develops a positive and motivated workforce focussed on productivity, workplace co-operation and efficiency. 

Types of discrimination

Strathfield Council is committed to creating a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment regardless of:

  • Race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin)
  • Religious belief or activity
  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Sexual preference
  • Pregnancy
  • Age
  • Physical disability or intellectual impairment (where such impairment does not affect safe work performance)
  • Membership of unions or staff associations

Consequences of discrimination & harassment

Discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated at Strathfield Council.  Employees are required to comply with Council’s policy and refrain from engaging in any discriminatory or harassing behaviour. Where instances of discrimination or harassment occur, the person responsible will be disciplined in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award 2014 and the Industrial Relations Act 1996.

Where instances of discrimination or harassment occur, they will be investigated in a confidential manner. If proven, the person(s) responsible will be disciplined and counselled. In serious cases, this may involve dismissal.