Equal Employment Opportunity, Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment and Bullying Guideline:
In Australia, national and state laws require you to maintain a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. It's important that as an employer, you understand your responsibilities under human rights and anti-discrimination law. By putting effective anti-discrimination and anti-harassment procedures in place in your church you can improve productivity and increase efficiency.
Having such a policy signals to current and prospective employees that you respective and value them equally and that such a policy is one of the pillars of our Christian Faith.
Matthew 7:12: NIV
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
John 13:34 NIV
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has a range of fact sheets External Site to help you develop effective policies and best practice guidelines. The Fair Work Ombudsman External Site also provides education and assistance for employees and employers on preventing discrimination in the workplace.
This guideline covers the many aspects of this legislation. Note however it is not a policy. This is something currently being developed by CCCVaT.
Disclaimer: Whilst all care has been taken in drafting this policy/guideline, CCCVaT Ministries Ltd accepts no responsibility for spelling or grammatical errors, omissions and failures to address applicable laws, by-laws and regulations or pertinent matters.
CCCVaT advises all intending to take up this policy/guideline to seek advice from a lawyer or an appropriate expert, prior to adopting it.