The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has written to the Religious Freedom Review, which was commissioned by the Australian Government last year to evaluate the strength of existing religious protections in Australia.

Friday, 16 February 2018 16:07

Victorian Commissioner on Q&A MeToo Special

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton appeared as an audience VIP for Q&A’s MeToo Special on Thursday 15 February.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:58

Sexual harassment complaints on the rise

The Commission has seen an increase in enquiries and complaints regarding sexual harassment, particularly from young women. This may well be a result of continued media attention on the issue prompting women to speak up and contact us.

A new initiative to improve work, study and business opportunities for Victorians with a disability is welcomed by the Commission.

Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:09

March with us for equality and human rights

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The Commission is inviting Victorians to join its contingent for the 2018 Pride March in St Kilda on Sunday 28 January 2018.

The Pride March is a signature event for the Midsumma Festival - Victoria's premier LGBTI cultural festival. It is about celebrating our diversity as well as an opportunity for a show of solidarity by the community, its supporters and allies.

"The Commission is thrilled to be a part of yet another Pride March and we'd like to invite you all to march with us.

"Pride is a time to celebrate our LGBTI communities, and this year we also have the opportunity to recognise all those who have worked so hard to make marriage equality a reality.

“It is also a reminder for us all to maintain our commitment to creating a fairer and more inclusive society for all," Commissioner Kristen Hilton said.

If you think you have been discriminated against you can contact the Commission on 1300 292 153 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To be a part of the Commission's contingent for 2018 Pride March, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling on all Victorians to take a stand against racism and discrimination in the community. 

Misleading claims of an African gang crisis in Victoria – refuted by the Chief Commissioner of Police - have already spurred race-based hate and threats towards African Victorians. 

“Victoria is an inclusive and diverse state. We know that a society free from racism and discrimination is better able to tackle complex issues such as anti-social and criminal behaviour. 

“Leaders across sectors – especially in government and the media – have an important role in championing the positive values of diversity and equality,” said Commissioner Kristen Hilton. 

“The leadership of Victoria Police in establishing an African-Australian community taskforce, which will include addressing racial vilification and hate crime, is a positive step.

“Victoria has strong anti-discrimination protections. Racial vilification and discrimination are not only harmful, they are against the law.

“We encourage all Victorians to know their rights and responsibilities and to take a stand against racism wherever they see it,” said Commissioner Hilton.

If you have experienced racial vilification or discrimination you can contact us for information or to make a complaint: 1300 292 153 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find out more from the Commission about how to respond to incidents of racism or racist practices and systems: www.antihate.vic.gov.au

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Kat O'Shea
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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes Australia’s ratification today of the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Supreme Court ruling that will allow the release of the Independent Equity and Diversity Review of Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed Australia’s catastrophic failure to protect children from sexual abuse in institutions, and demands major changes in the way we respond to and prevent future harm, says Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton.

With the festive season upon us, employers are encouraged to remind staff that Christmas parties are work functions and sexual harassment is against the law and not acceptable. 

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