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 fulfill 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
  • 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.

The Executive Office'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.

Annual Report to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Policies screened and EQIAs

In fulfilling its obligations under Section 75 the Department is required to equality screen all of its policies and services under consideration to determine whether they should be subject to a full equality impact assessment (EQIA).

The Department is also committed to publishing a Screening Report containing details of all Policies screened in the quarter.  

Back to top