The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission will today launch the Guideline: Family violence services and accommodation as a result of Recommendation 141 from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Following reports that a number of students with African heritage across the state have been told their hairstyles breach school uniform policies, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said that it may be that some schools haven't got the balance quite right between their uniform policies and respecting their students' diversity.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of the harm caused by discrimination on the basis of race, nationality and ethnicity and calls on us to redouble our efforts to reduce all forms of racial discrimination. Federal Government plans announced on this day to set a higher bar for complaints under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act send an unfortunate message to many culturally diverse groups that it should be more acceptable to offend, insult and humiliate on the basis of race and ethnicity.

The Commission is please to support an anti-discrimination recruitment pilot program that was today launched by the Victorian Government.

Friday, 10 February 2017

A win against racism

I am very pleased to see the outcome of Kwenda Obudho's case against a Melbourne nightclub. A Victorian Supreme Court judgment has found that Mr Obudho was indeed the victim of racial discrimination.

The Commission has today made a submission into the Federal Parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia, calling for the existing federal racial discrimination laws to be maintained and protected.

Submissions are now being accepted to the federal inquiry into the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This is your chance to make your voice heard in the debate. You can submit a written submission or attend a public hearing.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) website upgrade, which will allow victims of crime to easily access and submit application forms when applying for a range of support services.

The Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize is an annual competition for school students aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people. The competition is open to students in Years 10 and 11 in an Australian school.

It's hard to believe it has been 45 years since the Aboriginal flag was flown for the first time. Since then, it has been a sign of activism and celebration and become a prolific symbol of all Aboriginal people.

Do you know an inspiring individual or organisation that has demonstrated extraordinary passion and commitment in promoting cultural diversity in Victoria?

Seniors from multicultural backgrounds are receiving assistance to help them get connected online.

Cultural Diversity Week kicked off on Saturday 12 March 2016 with a full program of activities and experiences for all Victorians. Everyone's invited to join in the fun, and in the conversation online with #StandInHarmony. 

Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths. In less than a month, we get to celebrate our multiculturalism and community spirit during Cultural Diversity Week.

The ACT Government has passed new laws which acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold distinct cultural rights and must not be denied the right to maintain, protect and develop their culture. 

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission congratulates more than 40 leaders from the City of Greater Bendigo who have issued a joint statement in support of the local Muslim community.

The Goulburn Murray Australian Football League is throwing its support behind one of the Commission's projects by holding a Report Racism-themed round on 18 July 2015.

Australia’s first ever third-party reporting mechanism for the Aboriginal community was launched today by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in partnership with Victoria Police and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

In this year’s NAIDOC week we can reflect on how far we have come towards recognising that Aboriginal business is all of our business.

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has published an Action Plan that aims to provide a more inclusive and accessible service to Koori people involved in criminal prosecutions.

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