Matt Finnis head shotThe Commission Chairperson, Ms Moana Weir, welcomes today's announcement by Attorney-General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Matt Finnis to the Commission's Board.

"Matt Finnis has decades of experience supporting community organisations and will be an asset in helping set the strategic direction for the Commission.

"I look forward to working with him to achieve the Commission's vision for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where every person is respected and treated with dignity," Ms Weir said.

Mr Finnis is the CEO of St Kilda Football Club, and has worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government. He has extensive experience on boards supporting community causes, including Ladder, AFL SportsReady, Surfing Australia, Surf Life Saving Victoria and HeartKids Australia.

Mr Finnis is also a founding member of the Sport Male Champions of Change Group, working with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality. In 2016 he was awarded the Straight Ally of the Year at the GLOBE Community Awards.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton welcomed Mr Finnis’s appointment.

"Matt is a fantastic addition to our Board. His commitment and effectiveness in making positive changes to sports and community organisations has been a feature of his career, and will be invaluable to the Commission’s work."

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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is proud to announce the release of Equal Opportunity in Golf, a practical guide to preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment in Australia’s golf clubs.

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In response to today's media stories, Commissioner Kristen Hilton said:

Monday, 26 February 2018 11:30

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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.

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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.

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