The Honourable Kyam Maher MLC
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector
This annual report will be presented to Parliament to meet the statutory reporting requirements of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 and the requirements of Premier and Cabinet Circular PC013 Annual Reporting.
This report is verified to be accurate for the purposes of annual reporting to the Parliament of South Australia.
11 August 2022
About the office
The Office of the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity (OCEO) is responsible for the administration of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (the Act).
A State whose citizens embrace and support inclusion, diversity, fairness, and equal opportunity
Excellence, Accountability, Respect
Our functions, objectives and deliverables
Pursuant to section 11 of the Act:
(2) The Commissioner may institute, promote or assist in research, the collection of data and the dissemination of information relating to discrimination on the grounds to which this Act applies.
(3) The Commissioner may make recommendations to the Minister as to reforms, whether of a legislative nature or otherwise, that the Commissioner believes will further the objects of this Act.
As at 30 June 2022
During 2021-22 the following changes were made to the office’s structure, activities and objectives as a result of internal reviews or machinery of government changes.
- A Project and Sector Engagement Officer was recruited to undertake a short-term project to foster and encourage informed and unprejudiced attitudes and promote the objectives of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.
- A new operational structure was implemented following an internal review and consultation process.
- Responsibility for the Roma Mitchell Oration was transferred to the History Trust of South Australia.
The Hon Kyam Maher MLC, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, and Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector, is the State’s principal legal advisor to the government and responsible for the administration of justice.
The Attorney-General is a member of Cabinet and responsible for:
- specific legislation and the state’s legal system
- developing and implementing policy
- legal action relevant to the state government.
Nil – the Commissioner is a statutory appointment.
Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA)