The Commission has provided a submission towards the consultation draft of the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 ('the Draft Regulations'). This submission is limited to comments about Regulation 25 which states: A member of staff of a Government school may take any reasonable action that is immediately required to restrain…
The Commission has provided a submission on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill. The submission focuses on section 47A of the Bill, which allows marriage celebrants to refuse to solemnise same sex marriages on the basis of conscientious or religious belief.  The Commission takes the view that the…
The Commission provided a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia. The submission calls for the existing federal racial discrimination laws to be maintained and protected. Download a copy of the Commission's submission below.    
The Commission's submission to the Inquiry into Ride Sourcing Services conducted by the Standing Committee on Economy and Infrastructure noted that many people with disabilities rely on point-to-point transport to access education, employment, retail, health and social services, as well as to participate in cultural and community life more broadly.…
The Commission provided a submission to the Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee inquiry into whether it is appropriate and desirable to legislate for a Human Rights Act in Queensland, other than through a constitutionally entrenched model. The Commission submitted that a Human Rights Act for Queensland would serve…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (‘the Commission’) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the discussion paper ‘A better Multi-Purpose Taxi Program.’ The laws under which the Commission has responsibilities are relevant to the taxi industry in a number of ways. The Equal Opportunity Act 2010…
The attached letter is addressed to the Hon Marica Neave AO, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Family Violence. It provides a response to the question on notice taken during Commissioner Kate Jenkins appearance on behalf of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission at a Royal Commission hearing on 13 October 2015.…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to make submissions into the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability. The Commission has made two separate submissions to this Inquiry. This submission addresses the employment of older people in…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to make submissions into the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability. The Commission is making two separate submissions to this Inquiry. This submission addresses the employment of people with disabilities…
The Commission provided a submission to the ACT Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety into proposed amendments to the ACT’s Human Rights Act 2004. The submission addressed flagged amendments providing for recognition of Aboriginal cultural rights, inclusion of a Note that children have all rights in the HRA and…
The Commission recently provided a submission to the Expert Advisory Group to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, into the issues of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. This submission includes recommendations relating to policy and training and addressing the barriers to reporting for both victims and bystanders. These recommendations are…
This submission briefly presents the key findings of the Beyond Doubt report regarding abuse in disability services, highlighting key reasons why abuse is not reported or acted upon. The submission further makes a number of recommendations regarding actions that should be taken to firstly prevent, and then better respond, to…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have made a submission to The Royal Commission into Family Violence. The submission makes three key recommendations: Promoting Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities compliance The VEOHRC is keen to ensure that family violence, and violence against women more broadly, is characterised…
The Victoria Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Consultation Paper on the proposal for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguarding Framework. Under existing law, people with a disability in Victoria have some of the greatest human rights protections in the country. The Commission…
The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently conducting consultations to explore key rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the consultation and has prepared a submission for consideration. View a copy of the Commission's submission…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to Ombudsman Victoria's investigation into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Victoria. This submission is prepared by the Commission having regard in particular to the obligations on organisations under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic.)…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s consultation on rights and responsibilities. The consultation seeks to identify restrictions on rights and freedoms that are disproportionate to the harm being prevented, and to identify where people are advancing their…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Melbourne for All People 2014-17 Draft Strategy (the Strategy). The Commission strongly supports the underlying principle in the Strategy, which is to improve access and inclusion to all Melbournians through the urban, social,…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Beyond the Safe City Strategy 2014-2017. The Commission recognises that Melbourne enjoys an international reputation of being a safe city. We also appreciate the challenges that community safety in Victoria entails. The Commission…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the Commission for Children and Young People’s (CCYP’s) systemic inquiry. View a copy of the Commission's submission below.  
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has made a submission to the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry. The Commission has a Disability Reference Group which enables the Commission to hear directly from people with disability, parents of children with disability, service providers and advocates. The Disability Reference Group provides…
The Commission has made a submission to the Australian Government's consultation on proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). The Commission has serious concerns about the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s 18C) Bill 2014 – Exposure Draft. In summary, The Commission submits: 1. Effective state and federal laws…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (Commission) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee’s Inquiry into Social Inclusion for Victorians with Disabilities. The Commission believes that the participation of people with disabilities, their families and carers in society is critically important. People with disabilities should…
The Commission made a submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) on the Mental Health Bill 2014. The Commission welcomed the Bill as a significant improvement in the protection of human rights under mental health laws in Victoria. The Commissions notes a number of outstanding human rights…
The Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Security Measures) Bill 2013 was introduced into the Victorian Parliament on 10 December 2013. The Bill will introduce new security arrangements for secure welfare services in Victoria, including the proposed powers to subject a child to an unclothed search, a frisk search, seclusion and/or…
The Commission made a submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee on the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2013 which will include provision to prevent the Charter from applying to the Uniform Law. The Commission notes that human rights should inform the development of uniform schemes and…
A Bill introduced into Victorian Parliament on 10 December 2013 proposes to introduce laws which increase the scope and breadth of police move-on powers and create new exclusion orders, which can be used in ways that could impact upon rights enshrined in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act…
The Commission has made a supplementary submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission's Review of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (CMIA). This addresses the supplementary terms of reference, which ask the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) to consider whether the application of the CMIA…
The Commission has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission in response to an application by the federal Department of Social Services for an exemption from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth). The Department is seeking the exemption from the DDA on its behalf, and on behalf of…
The Commission has made a submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission's Review of the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (CMIA). The CMIA governs what happens when a person is charged with a crime and had a mental impairment at the time of the offense,…
The Commission has made a submission to the Victoria Police community consultation on field contact reports and cross-cultural training. In its role in policing and protecting the community, Victoria Police has to exercise its powers lawfully and in a manner that maintains public trust and confidence. Victoria Police does a…
The Commission made a brief submission to the Department of Justice regarding the regulatory impact statement and proposed Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Fee) Regulations 2013. The Commission welcomed the decision not to introduce commencement, hearing and mediation fees for the Anti-Discrimination List at VCAT (now called the Human Rights…
This is a submission to the 2012 Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2012 Review). The Disability Standards were made under the federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to seek to remove discrimination from public transport services. The Commission has responsibilities under a number of laws which are…
A Bill introduced into Victorian Parliament on 16 April 2013 amending the Bail Act 1977 will introduce a list of "commonly imposed" conditions which can be applied to accused people seeking bail, such as surrendering a passport, regularly reporting to a police station, residing at a particular address or geographical…
This Bill establishes a process for issuing infringement notices (fines) to parents who have not enrolled their child at school, or whose child is not attending school without a reasonable excuse. It potentially engages rights to equality before the law, privacy, freedom of expression; and the right to be presumed…
This brief submission focuses on the value of a justice reinvestment approach for tackling the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in prison.
The Commission made a brief submission to the Department of Justice regarding the regulatory impact statement and proposed Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Fee) Regulations 2013. The Commission welcomed the decision not to introduce commencement, hearing and mediation fees for the Anti-Discrimination List at VCAT (now called the Human Rights…
A Bill introduced into Victorian Parliament on 5 February 2013 amending the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 will limit the entitlement of children aged under 10 to legal representation in child protection proceedings and prevent all children aged under 10 from giving direct instructions to lawyers in these proceedings.
In January 2013, the Commission made a submission regarding a planning application to build a mosque at Green St, Doveton. Casey City Council had allowed time for community consultation on the issue. The submission provided information about the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and how it could…
The Commission strongly supports the establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide a rights-based model of disability services that has immense potential to better meet the long-term needs of people with disability, their families and carers.
The final Taxi Inquiry report Customers First: Service, Safety, Choice, was tabled in the Parliament of Victoria on 12 December 2012. This long awaited report of the Taxi Industry Inquiry makes 139 recommendations to reform the taxi industry to improve the way taxis are licensed, operated and regulated.The Commission's submission…
The Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies, of which the Commission is a member, made a submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee about the exposure draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 on 21 December 2012. The submission focuses on the practical issues associated with the Bill and makes a series of…
The Victorian Law Reform Commission is presently conducting a review of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1996 (Vic), examining whether processes for registration and certification are accessible to people in the community, especially those from Aboriginal communities, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and other groups experiencing disadvantage. In November…
The Commission's response to theVictorian Governments Vision for Citizenship in a Multicultural Victoria.
In July 2012 the Commission made a submission to the Draft Victorian Disability Plan 2013-2016, highlighting key issues of concern, which include the need for less high-level language in the Draft Plan and more practical, measurable outcomes for people with disabilities.
In July 2012 the Commission made a submission to the Taxi Industry Inquiry’s Draft Report and Recommendations. The Draft Report proposed 145 industry-wide recommendations. Its aim is to improve the taxi service industry to make it safer, more reliable, more competitive and responsive to the needs of customers, including people…
The Commission has made a submission to the government discussion paper on future directions in public housing, Pathways to a fair and sustainable housing system. Our submission outlines how the Equal Opportunity Act and the Charter can be used as tools to shape a new housing policy framework to deliver…
The Commission made a brief submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the detention of Indonesian minors in Australia, examining the human rights implications of the pre-charge detention of individuals suspected of people smuggling.
Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies submission to the Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws project.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's input into the age assessment in people smuggling cases (Inquiry).
The Commission has made a submission in response to the Department of Justice Discussion Paper, 'Failure to protect' laws, which sets out the Victorian Government’s intention to create two separate offences for adults who fail to take action when they know or believe a child who they have custody or…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has made a submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) on the four-year review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. Submission overview and recommendations (PDF, 304KB) Charter review submission (PDF, 1.7MB) Appendix A - Human…
The Commission's submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission's review of the Sex Offender's Registration Act 2004 outlines how the Act should be interpreted and applied in accordance with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, and makes recommendations for reform to better align the system with human rights in…
The Commission's submission on the Justice Legislation (Infringement Offences) Amendment Bill 2011, which was tabled in Parliament on 3 May 2011, takes the form of a letter to the Chair of the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee. The Bill proposes to make permanent the infringement system in relation to…
This submission was made in response to the Guardianship Consultation Paper prepared by the Victorian Law Reform Commission to inform its review of Victoria’s guardianship laws. This review is significant because it is the first time Victoria’s guardianship laws have been looked at through a human rights lens to ensure…
The Commission's submission to the Taxi Industry Inquiry Issues Paper focused on the need for the taxi industry to provide an equitable service for people with a disability as required by the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (to be replaced by the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 on 1 August 2011)…