Anti-racism education

The Department of Education is committed to eliminating racism through educating students, teachers, parents and involving the whole school community.

The Anti-racism Policy applies to all department employees and students. Anti-racism education – advice for schools provides guidelines for the implementation of the policy – indicators of racism in schools, its effects and strategies for countering racism.

Understanding racism

To enable students and staff from all cultural backgrounds connect and succeed in the learning and working environment, the department is committed to building inclusive and racism-free school communities. An understanding of the nature of racism, its manifestations and effects is required to effectively counter it in schools.

Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt, sometimes unintentionally; name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or commentary in the media or online that inflames hostility towards certain groups.

At its most serious, racism can result in acts of physical abuse and violence.

Racism can directly or indirectly exclude people from accessing services or participating in employment, education, sport and social activities.

It can also occur at a systemic or institutional level through policies, conditions or practices that disadvantage certain groups.

It often manifests through unconscious bias or prejudice.

On a structural level, racism serves to perpetuate inequalities in access to power, resources and opportunities across racial and ethnic groups.

The belief that a particular race or ethnicity is inferior or superior to others is sometimes used to justify such inequalities.

— Australian Human Rights Commission, National Anti-Racism Strategy
July 2012, page 4

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