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Fair Treatment and Equal Opportunity Policy
Fair Treatment and Equal Opportunity Policy

Hunter Plant Operator Training Services is committed to promoting and fostering fair treatment and equal opportunity for all its students and potential students.

HPOTS is committed to:

  • Providing a learning environment where the culture, experiences and diversity of students are recognised, celebrated and supported at all times
  • Ensuring that all communications, publications and documentation, internal and external, does not use any language that may be interpreted to discriminate against persons or groups
  • Endeavouring to offer opportunities for entry into programs of study that endeavours to not prevent access based on (but not limited to) any of the following attributes of a person, their:
    • Gender
    • Ethnic Origin
    • Disability Status
    • Sexuality
    • Age
  • Advocating for equity and diversity in its day-to-day operations
  • Providing reasonable levels of support services to assist access to education by those who may not normally be able to access education
  • Making all reasonable effort to make adjustments to support the special needs of disadvantaged students and to inform such students of how we will plan, deliver and assess training to take into account these special needs
  • Where unable to meet the resourcing requirements, assist the student in locating another provider who can offer training that has the necessary resources
  • Having a comprehensive and fair complaints and grievances procedure to ensure every opportunity is provided for students where they wish to have decisions reviewed or provide feedback.
  • HPOTS does not tolerate any of the following behaviours from its employees, both permanent and contractual, and among its students while on HPOTS’s premises or in communications with HPOTS:
    • Harassment, bullying and vilification
    • Racial vilification and racist behaviour
    • Sexual harassment
    • Discrimination on grounds of age, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexuality or race
    • Discrimination on the grounds of disability or medical condition
    • Discrimination on grounds of religion, political opinion, criminal record or trade union activity
    • Discrimination on ground of family responsibilities
    • Victimisation

Learner Selection

HPOTS is committed to student selection being an open, fair and transparent process with appeals processes in place.

Disability Service Standards For Education

  • Reflects positive attitudes and is inclusive of people with a disability
  • Strives to develop positive, informed and non-discriminatory attitudes to the needs of Students with a disability amongst staff and Students
  • Makes reasonable adjustment in its workplace, training venue, service delivery, operations and resources in order to cater for individuals with a disability
  • Arranges support services and equipment in consultation with individuals with a disability
  • Ensures that individuals with a disability are consulted on all matters that affect them in relation to their disability
  • Respects individuals’ rights to privacy
  • Works co-operatively with external agencies to achieve optimal outcome for individuals with disabilities
  • Encourages Students with a disability to discuss their needs upon enrolment
  • Allows carers or interpreters to accompany students with a disability free of charge
  • Provides resources to assist students with a disability obtain maximum value from its training programs

The Disability Service Standards for Education clause reflects the following Commonwealth and State legislation and/or initiatives:

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986
  • NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
  • Disability Standards for Education 2005
  • NSW Disability Service Standards

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) makes it unlawful for education providers to discriminate (in the provision of education and employment opportunities, services and facilities) against people on the basis they have, or may have a disability.

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) are subject to the objects of the DDA. The Standards clarify and elaborate the legal obligations in relation to education.