The purpose of this policy is to explain Leongatha Secondary College’s  commitment to making sure every member of our school community, regardless of their background or personal attributes, is treated with respect and dignity. This policy should be read alongside the following Department of Education and Training policies:


    Personal attribute: a personal characteristic that is protected by State or Commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation. These include: race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious belief or activity, political belief or activity, age, intersex status, physical features, pregnancy, carer and parental status, breastfeeding, marital or relationship status, lawful sexual activity, employment activity, industrial activity, expunged homosexual conviction or personal association with anyone who is identified with reference to any protected attribute.

    Direct discrimination: unfavourable treatment because of a person’s protected attribute.

    Indirect discrimination: imposing an unreasonable requirement, condition or practice that disadvantages a person or group of people with a protected attribute.

    Sexual harassment: unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature towards another person which could reasonably be expected to make that other person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. It may be physical, verbal, visual or written.

    Disability harassment: humiliating comments or actions about a person’s disability.

    Vilification: conduct that incites hatred towards or revulsion or severe ridicule of a person or group of people on the basis of their race or religion.

    Victimisation: subjecting a person or threatening to subject them to detrimental treatment because they (or their associate) has made an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of a protected attribute (or asserted their rights under relevant policies or law).


    Inclusion and diversity

    Leongatha Secondary College strives to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive school environment which values the human rights of all students and staff.

    Leongatha Secondary College values diversity within the school community. We aim to be respectful and inclusive to ensure that the rights of all individuals are protected. This will be achieved by ensuring open communication, clear expectations and consistency in our dealing with students, parents/carers and staff.

    Leongatha Secondary College is committed to creating a school community where all members of our college community  are welcomed, accepted and treated equitably and with respect regardless of their backgrounds or personal attributes such as race, language, religious beliefs, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation so that they can participate, achieve and thrive at school.

    Leongatha Secondary College acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of backgrounds and experiences in our college community and we will not tolerate behaviours, language or practices that label, stereotype or demean others. At Leongatha Secondary College we value the human rights of every student and we take our obligations under anti-discrimination laws and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities seriously.

    Leongatha Secondary College will:

    • Actively nurture and promote a culture where everyone is treated with respect and dignity
    • ensure that students are not discriminated against (directly or indirectly) and where necessary, are reasonably accommodated to participate in their education and school activities (eg schools sports, concerts, camps, formals) on the same basis as their peers
    • acknowledge and respond to the diverse needs, identities and strengths of all students
    • encourage empathy and fairness towards others
    • challenge stereotypes that promote prejudicial and biased behaviours and practices
    • contribute to positive learning, engagement and wellbeing outcomes for students
    • respond to complaints and allegations appropriately and ensure that students are not victimised.


    Bullying, unlawful discrimination, harassment, vilification and other forms of inappropriate behaviour targeting individuals or groups because of their personal attributes will not be tolerated at Leongatha Secondary College. We will take appropriate measures, consistent with our Student Wellbeing and Engagement and Bullying policies to respond to students who demonstrate these behaviours at our school.

    Students who may have experienced or witnessed this type of behaviour are encouraged to speak up and to let their teachers, parents or carers know about those behaviours to ensure that inappropriate behaviour can be addressed.

    Reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities

    Leongatha Secondary College also understands that it has a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate students with disabilities. A reasonable adjustment is a measure or action taken to assist students with disabilities to participate in their education on the same basis as their peers. Reasonable adjustments will be made for students with disabilities in consultation with the student, their parents or carers, their teachers and if appropriate, their treating practitioners. Our school may consult through Student Support Group processes and in other less formal ways. For more information about support available for students with disabilities, and communicating with us in relation to a student’s disability, please refer to our school’s Student Wellbeing and Engagement policy for further information.


    This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways:

    • Available publicly on our school’s website
    • Included in staff induction processes and staff training
    • Discussed at annual staff briefings/meetings
    • Discussed at student forums
    • Hard copy available from school administration upon request

    Further information and resources

    Student Wellbeing and Engagement and Bullying Prevention policies

    For staff, please see the Department’s Equal Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy and Workplace Bullying Policy which apply to all staff working at our school.

    Other relevant Department policies and resources on the Department’s Policy and Advisory Library are: