Access and Equity Policy

Fact box

  • Policy owner: Chief Operating Officer
  • Policy category: Management: HR
  • Policy status: Approved
  • Approval body: Executive Committee
  • Endorsement body: Executive Committee
  • Last amended: 10th Oct. 2016

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide a statement of commitment to the principles of equity in employment and education and freedom from discrimination on the basis of attributes unrelated to the confessional nature of Alphacrucis College (AC).

Scope

All staff and students

Policy

AC is committed to providing a learning environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of income, age, disability, social and ethnic background, location or gender. Employment at the College will be based on merit, defined as a combination of demonstrated academic or administrative ability in a specified area, demonstrated sympathy with the aims and objectives of AC, and ‘fit’ with regard to the demands of the College’s teams and projects. AC endeavours to increase opportunities for people of all backgrounds to participate in training programs, and implement programs that take into account the specific needs of participants. AC also seeks to provide for increasing variety in staff and faculty contexts of origin through professional development programs.
 
This access and equity policy is conducted within the context of the confessional nature of the College. AC is an institution owned and run by the Australian Christian Churches in Australia, and bound by its Constitution to hold those doctrines established in Article 5 of the United Constitution. The following excerpts from the Anti-Discrimination Act apply:
 
Single sex, religion, etc. education institution
 
1. An education authority that operates, or proposes to operate, an educational institution wholly or mainly for students of a particular sex or religion, or who have a general or specific impairment may exclude:
(a) applicants who are not of the particular sex or religion; or
(b) applicants who do not have a general, or the specific, impairment.
2. The Act does not apply in relation to:
(a) the ordination or appointment of priests, ministers of religion or members of a religious order; or
(b) the training or education of people seeking ordination or appointment as priests, ministers of religion or members of a religious order; or
(c) the selection or appointment of people to perform the functions in relation to, or otherwise participate in, any religious observance or practice; or
(d) unless section 29 (Educational or health related institution with religious purposes) or section 90 (Accommodation with religious purposes) applies – an act by a body established for religious purposes if the act is:
(i) in accordance with the doctrine of the religion concerned; and
(ii) necessary to avoid offending the religious sensitivities of people of the religion.

Responsible for implementation

Chief Operating Officer

Key stakeholders

All staff and students of the College