EO Online has been developed for staff in the higher education sector by a consortium of Australian universities.
It covers theoretical knowledge and a practical understanding of how to apply equal opportunity principles in work and study environments and uses real-life case studies, examples and interactive learning techniques for self assessment.
The training program is presented in two self-paced modules:
- Module 1 should be completed by all staff
- Module 2 should be completed by staff with managerial or supervisory responsibilities
As guide, each module takes approximately 90 minutes to complete, but it will depend on your familiarity with the content. A module can be completed in more than one session. Exit EO Online at any time, and when you log back in you will automatically be returned to the last page viewed.
There is no time limit for completion of quizzes or limit to the number of times a quiz can be attempted.
When modules are completed, a Certificate of Attainment will be issued and a record of completion will be recorded by Human Resources.
Why do staff need to complete this training?
Australian anti-discrimination laws make it 'unlawful' to discriminate against or harass someone at work and in education. The University has a legal obligation under State and Federal discrimination and human rights legislation to provide a work and educational environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, bullying and vilification.
EO Online provides staff with the knowledge to perform their legal responsibilities as a member of the University community.
All staff at the University of the Sunshine Coast should familiarise themselves with the information in EO Online, to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under anti-discrimination legislation and the University's Code of Conduct.
Staff are encouraged to re-visit EO Online periodically to refresh their knowledge, and to use the program as a resource when necessary.
Expected learning outcomes for staff include:
- learning how to deal with and prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace
- understanding legal rights and responsibilities to achieve a discrimination and harassment free work and study environment
- increasing awareness of equity policies, issues and strategies in the University
- providing a reference for dealing with issues and grievances
Register with EO Online
Staff will need to register the first time EO Online is accessed. Select the University of the Sunshine Coast from a list of institutions provided and enter the following details:
- USC email address
- full name
- organisational unit
- staff (PeopleSoft) ID number
You will also set your own password for future access. The record is activated by hitting the submit button. It is important that this action is taken, otherwise a record of completion will not be made.
How can staff provide training feedback?
Staff are encouraged to provide their feedback on EO Online on completion of each module. EO Online is reviewed regularly and staff comments are a key component of the review process. To report any access problems you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +61 7 5430 2830 during office hours
Human Resources maintains a confidential record of the names of EO Online participants and dates of successful completion of EO Online. The primary collection purpose is to meet the University's obligations under Federal and State legislation. Other purposes of collection include program evaluation, with de-identified information used for reporting purposes and for the preparation of various statistical analyses.