Policies

This section outlines our administrative policies and procedures in the following areas:

Participants Protection Policy (May 2018)
This policy is for the general protection of all participants at TSA events and activities,
including those who are involved in organising or leading activities.

Inclusion and Diversity Policy (September 2019)

The TSA endeavours to promote inclusion and social cohesion by recognising cultural, linguistic, religious and gender diversity as integral to providing a welcoming and safe community for all.

The TSA understands that a community valuing diversity and respecting differences benefits all.

We commit to broadening the understanding amongst our members of discrimination, offending actions and remarks, as well as unintended offence at our activities and events.

We strive to be respectful and open to different cultural perspectives, recognising that diversity training and monitoring should be an obligatory component of all TSA activities, events and recruitment.

The TSA recognises the complexities of what it means to ‘represent a community’. We believe no individual, unless delegated by the Regional Council, speaks for the whole community and therefore that the TSA should not be stigmatised for the actions or opinions of individuals.

We oppose all forms of discrimination and religious vilification.

The TSA acknowledges the unique position of the First Nations people of Australia.

Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Policy (93kb)

With the introduction (in Victoria) of legislation for Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) – choosing to take life-ending medication prescribed by a doctor – in June 2019, it was deemed appropriate for the TSA to make its members aware and to state its position. We believe VAD is a personal choice and that members and friends should be aware of the current legislation and its implications. It is important to understand appropriate end of life care options such as an Advance Care Plan (with TTHA usually requiring its residents to have one), Palliative Care and VAD.

Apart from the usual telephone helplines – Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (call 1800 642 066) or Lifeline (call 13 11 14) – the TSA Elders, the Community Care Worker and the Sydney Community Support Worker are available to discuss end of life planning with you.