ERIC Number: ED351801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Human Rights Legislation and the Educational Administrator: An Australian Case Study.
This report examines how and why Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act (1986) and the Racial Discrimination Act (1975) produced changes in the provision of education services by Queensland and New South Wales for residents of Toomelah. Toomelah is an economically and educationally disadvantaged Aboriginal community in upper New South Wales. The first section describes the events leading to the 1987 "Toomelah Inquiry," conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, which found significant educational and economic deprivation in the area. The second section examines the effect of the inquiry on the provision of education to Toomelah. A public outcry led to the provision of educational services and to efforts to abolish racism. The third section examines the significance of those effects for the educational administrator, who needs an awareness of the greater power of human rights laws. The administrator must recognize a system of complaints and compensations, policy development that reflects public opinion and legislation, and training and awareness commensurate with responsibility to legal and human rights issues. Appendices contain a map, background of legal statutes, and extracts from the Toomelah Report. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Policy Formation, Racial Discrimination
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Toomelah); Human Rights and Equal Opp Comm Act (Australia); Racial Discrimination Act (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Council for Educational Administration, Darwin, Northern Territory, July 5-8, 1992).