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Equality Scheme

Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires that all public authorities who are designated under the Act must set out in an Equality Scheme how it proposes to fulfil the duties imposed by Section 75 of the Act.

What is an Equality Scheme and why do we need one?

These schemes are approved by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
An equality scheme outlines the public authority’s arrangements for:
  • assessing its compliance with the duties under section 75;
  • assessing and consulting on the likely impact of policies on the promotion of equality of opportunity;
  • monitoring any adverse impact of policies on the promotion of equality of opportunity;
  • publishing the results of such assessments;
  • training staff; and
  • ensuring and assessing public access to information and services provided by the public authority.
Each government department is designated as a public authority under Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and has its own approved equality scheme.

OFMDFM's Equality Scheme

The department has a list of Section 75 Consultees. This list is updated annually and on request by the individuals or groups concerned. If you would like to be added to or removed from our consultation list please contact Peter Neill at the details below.
Schedule 9 (para 8.3) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 requires all public authorities to review their equality scheme after five years. OFMDFM's Equality Scheme was approved by the Equality Commission on 2 September 2013.

Monitoring the Equality Scheme

We monitor the implementation of our equality scheme and report on progress to its Departmental Board on a quarterly basis.
One of the requirements by the Equality Commission is that our Equality Scheme must include an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) timetable which lists the Department’s policies planned for EQIA over the life of the scheme.
The Department has a rolling timetable to which new policies to be EQIA'd are added each year.