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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 Protocol aims to prevent torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment within all closed environments in Australia. Closed environments include prisons, youth justice facilities, secure…
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. 
Friday, 08 December 2017 10:25

Equality triumphs in Human Rights Week

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ends Human Rights Week with a celebration of the legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:41

Information on sexual harassment

Contact the Commission on 1300 292 153 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like information on how the law protects you from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal or…
State and Territory members of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA) call on the Australian Government to ensure that the human rights of the men on Manus Island are protected.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights welcomes today’s affirmation that the Australian public stands behind LGBTI communities and has overwhelmingly shown its support for same-sex marriage by voting yes in the postal survey.
Thursday, 02 November 2017 15:49

2016 Charter Report tabled in Parliament

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s 2016 Report on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was tabled in Parliament today. As the independent monitor of the charter, the Commission is required to assess how it operates in practice, including its interaction with other statutory…
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 15:31

Commission releases 2016–17 Annual report

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today released its 2016–17 Annual report. The report details the Commission’s work over the past financial year towards its vision for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where everyone is respected and treated with dignity. 
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into potential unlawful systemic discrimination against people with mental health issues by the travel insurance industry in Victoria.
Thursday, 19 October 2017 14:13

Commission statement on CFA media reports

The Commission confirms that it did not provide any information to The Age in relation to today’s media report that people may have been covertly photographed while entering the Commission’s offices. To the extent that the article implies this, it is inaccurate and misleading.
We continue to work to the release of our Independent Equity and Diversity Review into the Country Fire Authority and Metropolitan Fire Brigade. We are working toward making the report publicly available after the Supreme Court has heard and determined the matter. The matter returns to court on 23 November…
To be a member of the police is to be in the business of respect. Police seek to ensure that citizens respect the law, each other and our right to live in safety. Their role is predicated on mutual respect: without the respect of community members, the police risk losing…
The Commission today launched the first progress report of the 2015 Independent Review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment, including predatory behaviour, within Victoria Police.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today said the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal's decision in the Arora v Melton Christian College case was an important test for clarifying the exceptions in the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.
Friday, 15 September 2017 16:18

Why the Commission supports marriage equality

Why does the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission support same sex marriage? The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s mandate is to protect and promote human rights and equality for everyone. This means we address discrimination where it occurs and work to create a fairer society. The…
The Victorian Government has vowed to overhaul uniform policies in state schools so that girls aren't forced to wear dresses and skirts.
The conviction of three men found guilty of inciting serious religious vilification of Muslims under the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 sends a clear message that there is no place for religious hatred in Victoria, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the anti-LGBTI posters found in Melbourne are a clear sign that a respectful debate will be difficult during a plebiscite or postal survey campaign on marriage equality. "This is the type of hateful and inaccurate material that the LGBTI…
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