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Appendix 12 : Social Justice and Equity

Social Justice Overview

Activities undertaken by the Department during 1998-99 to enhance social justice and integrate cultural diversity consistent with the principles of the Commonwealth's Charter of Public Service in a Culturally Diverse Society include the following.

  • The Federal Office of Road Safety (FORS) produced free road safety public education materials specifically targeted at women as primary care-givers of children - for example, A Simple Guide to Child Restraints and Road Safety, It's not child's play (informing mothers why young children cannot cope with traffic situations).
  • FORS produced a motorcycle safety training videotape for novice riders, Ride On, designed to illustrate the main topics in a motorcycle training course. A subtitled version for the hearing-impaired was also produced.
  • Funding was provided through the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme and the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme to reduce the Bass Strait transport cost disadvantage.
  • The Department worked with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the Attorney-General's Department and other aviation organisations to develop and implement standards that make aviation travel more accessible to people with disabilities.
  • The Sydney Airport Noise Amelioration Program was implemented in a manner that recognises the social, cultural and ethnic diversity of residents in the area.
  • Subsidies were paid to operators of airlines under the Remote Air Service Subsidy scheme to provide services where there are no suitable alternative forms of transport to communities in remote areas.
  • A review of the Remote Air Service Subsidy scheme was held to examine the scheme's objectives and administration, and its effectiveness in meeting the accessibility needs of remote communities.
  • An aerodome inspection service for 59 nominated aerodomes serving remote indigenous communities in northern Australia continued under contract.
  • A joint review with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission of the provision, maintenance, development and operation of aerodomes serving remote indigenous communities was held, to help in addressing the accessibility needs of those communities.
  • Road investment decisions were made in the context of broad policy objectives, including social considerations.
  • There was close liaison with community groups by the Indian Ocean Territories' Administrations to ensure that social justice is included in delivering services provided by WA departments and agencies.
  • Work continued on the Australian Transport Council's draft standards on transport under the Disability Discrimination Act. When finalised, they will significantly improve access to public transport for people with disabilities.
  • The Department continued to support social justice principles through its application of Government policies for access and equity, affirmative action, native title and workplace diversity.

Equal opportunity in board appointments

The Department maintains the APPOINT database on the membership of boards of its portfolio agencies to monitor participation by equal opportunity target groups, and to report to the Office of the Status of Women on board membership.

Fifty-four board appointments were made during 1998-99, of which 12 were female.

BOARD MEMBERS FROM EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TARGET GROUPS, 1998-99

Target group Number
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 0
Non-English speaking background 0
People with a disability 0
Women 12
Appointments EEO groups 12
Men 42
Total appointments 54


The provision of information about a person's Equal Opportunity status is voluntary. These statistics reflect, except where women are identified, only the information volunteered by board appointees.