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Obligation to eliminate harassment and victimisation

Harassment is abusing, bullying or teasing someone about their disability, leading that person to feel upset, unhappy or scared.

Victimisation is threatening someone or treating them badly because they are thinking about making a discrimination complaint, or if they have already made one. A court may punish a person who victimised another person by requiring them to pay a fine, or through imprisonment.

The Education Standards require an education provider to have rules about preventing harassment and victimisation from happening. This is one of the obligations of an education provider under the Education Standards. This obligation includes making sure that all staff and students know these rules and understand that harassment and victimisation are very serious and against the law.

An education provider must listen to you if you think you have been harassed, threatened or victimised because of your disability or your association with a person with disability. Then it must properly investigate what you say and take appropriate action against any offenders. This investigation should be done in such a way that your dignity and privacy is respected.

Students with disability have the right to feel safe in the education environment and to feel confident to tell people if they feel harassed or threatened. They should also have their dignity and privacy respected just like any other person.

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