Commission news

The Commission is please to support an anti-discrimination recruitment pilot program that was today launched by the Victorian Government.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes a consensus report on marriage equality by a parliamentary Select Committee on the Exposure Draft Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016.
Friday, 03 February 2017

We're hiring!

The Commission is currently recruiting for:  Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Policy and Research ( Ongoing - Flexible).
The Commission is very pleased to announce the new Disability Reference Group members for 2016-18.
Commission staff members had another fantastic day at the annual Midsumma Carnival event on Sunday 15 January. Our stall saw lots of foot traffic, giving us great opporunities to chat with community members about the issues that are important to them, as well as the work we do to tackle…
The Commission has provided a submission on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has developed an easy-to-use gender identity reporting guide in time for this year's Midsumma Festival.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Court of Appeal’s confirmation today that the transfer of children from Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice and Remand Centres to Barwon Prison was unlawful.
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.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomed today’s Supreme Court finding that the transfer of children from Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice and Remand Centres to Barwon Prison was unlawful.
The Commission is disappointed by the blockage of two key Bills in the Victorian Parliament that would have worked to reduce discrimination in this state.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission congratulates the Victorian Government on the release of its Gender Equality Strategy.
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 Judicial College of Victoria and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission will today launch the Disability Access Bench Book, a new resource to promote access to justice for people with disabilities.
Join us for this year's Human Rights Oration on 7 December to celebrate International Human Rights Day.
With the festive season approaching, employers are encouraged to remind employees that the office Christmas or end-of-year party is a work function and sexual harassment is not acceptable.
The Commission sends Maryanne Diamond AO, Accessibility Activist, warm congratulations on being a state finalist for Australian of the Year 2017.
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.
Opportunities exist at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission for people who are highly motivated, conscientious and enjoy working in a team environment.
The 2015–16 Annual Report chronicles our work over the past year across the community and with organisations to try to understand and prevent the root causes of discrimination.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the new resource, Speak Up and be Safe From Abuse, supported by the Victorian Government and developed by Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre in 2016.
Chairperson of the Board Moana Weir has welcomed today's announcement by Attorney-General Martin Pakula of an appointment to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Board.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today launched Signs for Health, an online resource to help deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind patients better access the health care they need and have a right to under law.
The 2015 report on the operation of Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was tabled on 11 October 2016. It examines the use of the Charter in Victorian courts and tribunals, in parliament, by government and in the community in 2015. 
You are invited to the launch of Signs for Health, a resource for improving Auslan and communication access in hospitals for staff and deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind patients, on 19 October.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Attend the launch of Mental Health Week

The Mental Health Foundation of Victoria is hosting the Mental Health Week launch on Tuesday 11 October at the Edge Theatre, Federation Square, from 5–7.30pm.
The 34th Victorian Seniors Festival will see more than 1500 free or low cost events take place across Victoria during the month of October.
Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the extra time from the end of the financial year that women have to work in order to earn the same amount as men.
After years of campaigning, 15-year-old Connor McLeod has the results of his determination in hand: The first bank note that Australia’s 360,000 blind people can read.
We often think about discrimination due to being a parent as an issue that only affects women. Almost half of all mothers report workplace discrimination at some point, but recent studies have shown men who take paternity leave or try to negotiate workplace flexibility also suffer negatively at work.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the commencement of the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015 (Vic), which allows couples to adopt regardless of their sex or gender identity.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes changes to Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act 2010 which will further protect people from discrimination when seeking employment at religious schools and organisations.
Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Commissioner condemns racist Wi-Fi

Kristen Hilton, Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, has spoken out against the racist name given to a Wi-Fi connection in Melbourne.
For 40 years the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has played an integral role in protecting and promoting the rights of Victorians, and has helped create a society that is fairer, more equal and more inclusive.
The Joint Response was prepared by thirteen of Victoria’s leading organisations and peak membership bodies involved in the primary prevention of men’s violence against women and their children, including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
The Commission welcomes the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2016 to be introduced in Parliament today which removes the need for applicants to have undergone sex affirmation surgery before being able to apply for a new birth certificate.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes today's announcement by Attorney-General Martin Pakula appointing Moana Weir to Chair of the Commission's Board.
Voters with complex communication difficulties will be able to participate in enrolling and voting—possibly for the first time—thanks to the development of an exciting new app by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
Maybe Tom Elliott's right. Maybe we women should listen to his wise advice and quit trying to crack the big time. Maybe he's on to something in his piece last week, "Too Smart To Be Stress Slaves", when he describes high-flying careers as drudge roles in disguise.
We are currently recruiting for: Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Projects and Policy Senior Adviser, Media. For more information visit www.careers.vic.gov.au  
Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll celebrates 20 exceptional women who have made a significant and lasting contribution to their local community, the nation or the world.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) today launched the Independent Review into equity and diversity within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA). The Independent Review will look at barriers and opportunities for building safe and respectful environments in both organisations. It will consider…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission commends the Victorian Government on further cementing the state as a leader on human rights protections, through its support for many of the recommendations made to the Eight Year Review of the Charter of Human Rights.
The Commission welcomes the amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which now provides protection of intangible Aboriginal heritage including stories, songs and dance.
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.
To mark NAIDOC week, Aunty Zeta Thomson spoke to Commission staff about the significance of Welcomes to and Acknowledgements of Country, and shared with us a bit about her family history. Aunty Zeta also took part in our Q&A for this edition of the eNews. 
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes legislation introduced to the Parliament of Victoria today that will help ensure domestic violence orders made in Victoria can be enforced Australia-wide.
Funding will be provided for a new research and teaching institute to help the disability and aged care sectors to transform and grow.
The Victorian Government is partnering with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and communities to reduce the number of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care. 
Tuesday, 14 June 2016

We stand with Orlando

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission sends a message of support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in light of the Orlando gay club massacre on the weekend.
Children in out-of-home care are being supported to get the best out of their education with the launch of the new LOOKOUT Education Support Centre. 
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, recently met in Sydney to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
At a special lunch on 2 June, Kristen Hilton, Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, thanked and farewelled the members of our outgoing Disability Reference Group (DRG), who have served a two-year term from 2014–16.
Women with an intellectual disability are almost 70 per cent more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but they are often overlooked by shelters and support services because their needs are seen as too complicated, as reported by the ABC's PM program on 26 May.
Thursday, 26 May 2016

National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day; a day for commemorating the Stolen Generations and reflecting on the great injustices that were committed against Aboriginal Australians with the forced removal of children from their families, communities and culture.
To coincide with today’s formal apology from the Victorian Government to the LGBTI community for those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts, the Commission’s latest film in the Pride not Prejudice series deals with the issue of expunged homosexual convictions.
The Commission welcomes "Recruit Smarter", an 18-month pilot program which aims to counter any potential bias during recruitment and ensure candidates get the best opportunities regardless of their background.
Recent news coverage has reported on a story of a primary school refusing a female student’s request to wear pants to school. The Grade 1 student wished to wear pants because she was uncomfortable playing sport, running and climbing in her heavy school tunic and thick stockings. Although the school…
In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the Commission is pleased to present the latest film in our series that examines discrimination against LGBTI communities in Victoria.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

No place for racism in sport

The recent series of incidents where sporting players paint their face black as part of their fancy-dress costumes highlight how far we have to go in stamping out racism in Victoria.
Law Week is an annual festival of mainly free events held all over Victoria with the aim of making learning about the law easy, fun and informative.
Chairperson of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Mr John Searle, today announced the appointment of Kristen Hilton as the new Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Ms Hilton will commence her role on 1 June 2016.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission congratulates the Centre for Advancing Journalism on the launch of its new website, Uncovered.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has today launched a national report examining the challenges facing older workers. 
This month we celebrate National Youth Week, acknowledging the contributions young people make to our communities. 
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the announcement of Australia’s first ever Pride Centre for Victoria’s LGBTI community.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as attributes protected under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is developing a series of short films featuring prominent LGBTI community members.
Monday, 18 April 2016

Acting Commissioner appointed

Clare Morton has been appointed Acting Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, effective 18 April 2016.
The Victorian Government is aiming to remove barriers around new birth certificates for trans, gender diverse and intersex Victorians. The Commission welcomes any change to the current legislation so that people are free to change the gender on their birth certificate without having to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
In events and activities over the past few days there has been a disturbing demonstration of racial and religious hatred and intolerance towards people in the Muslim community in Victoria. This behaviour is not acceptable and it is up to all of us to call it when we see it…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes today's release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report.
The Commission welcomes the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Victoria – now only 100 days away.
The Commission welcomes the announcement of a $500,000 grants program for LGBTI Multicultural communities. The grants are a step towards reducing the discrimination that many LGBTI people from culturally diverse backgrounds face in our community and are the first of their kind in Australia. 
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. 
On this International Women’s Day we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a time to reflect on the challenges that lie ahead. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #genderparity.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling for expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and graphic designers.
The Commission welcomes today’s announcement to increase access to men’s behaviour change programs, which will help break the cycle of family violence in Victoria.
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 Commission acknowledges the passing of the Relationship Amendment Bill 2015 in Victorian Parliament on Wednesday 10 February.
The Commission would like to congratulate Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins on her appointment as the federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Sport and Recreation Victoria, in collaboration with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission will be offering training opportunities to become a MPIO throughout 2016.
Nominations for the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards are now open. The awards recognise people who make an outstanding contribution to empower people with a disability and create an inclusive community.
In a symbolic bid to rectify past injustices, the Victorian Government will make a formal apology to those in the community who have been forced to live with the stigma of a criminal record for over three decades.
Some of Victoria’s most vulnerable groups are still experiencing discrimination when applying for private rental accommodation, making it difficult for them to secure an affordable home.
In Review Decision A72/2015 (decision on publication), the Police Registration and Services Board considered the human rights of witnesses to police misconduct in considering whether it was in the public interest to publish material in a disciplinary decision that could lead to witness identification. The Board requested submissions from the…
The Commission wishes the Victorian finalists of the Australian of the Year Awards good luck, and thanks them for their service to the Victorian community.
The first week of 2016 is yet to draw to a close but we have already seen a spate of inappropriate workplace behaviours which have sex discrimination at their core.
For the first time, both houses of the Victorian Parliament will now undertake an Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of each sitting week.
As part of its annual reporting on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, the Commission undertakes a survey with the cooperation of local government. The results from the most recent survey, dealing with the period 2013-14, have been released.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015

2015: Our year in pictures

Our busy year started off in technicolour at Midsumma festival and ended with an outstanding Oration from Dr Anita Heiss. Thank you to everyone who helped us spread the message of equality and human rights across Victoria.
The Commission welcomes the Victorian Government’s request to undertake a review under section 151 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and section 41(c) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 within the Country Fire Authority and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission recently made two submissions into the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.
The Commission welcomes measures outlined in the in-principle Victoria Police enterprise bargaining agreement, which are an important step towards implementing recommendations identified in the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report on tackling sex discrimination, sexual harassment and predatory behaviour.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into allegations of abuse in the disability sector, tabled in Parliament on 9 December.
A report handed down today by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has identified a high prevalence and tolerance of sexual harassment within Victoria Police, along with substantial evidence of a sexist organisational climate where women are overwhelmingly the targets.
I would like to acknowledge International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their rights, dignity and well-being.
Today on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), the Commission is urging employers to reject the common misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities and consider the many benefits they bring to the workplace.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015

Pride Cup wins VicHealth Award

The Victorian Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s Pride Cup initiative has won a VicHealth Award for ‘Building better health through sport’.
A new picture book for children is helping kids and their families understand gender diversity and deal with the issues faced by transgender children.
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has launched a national consultation report reflecting on the nation’s 40 years since the introduction of the landmark Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan has been released today, aiming to promote mental health and wellbeing, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with mental illness.
The inaugural Victoria Against Violence: 16 Days of Activism campaign begins today 25 November, bringing together families, businesses, students, community groups and organisations across Victoria for one common purpose: to unite to end family and gender violence.
A new campaign is aiming to increase the numbers and diversity of women who participate as candidates in Victoria’s 79 local government elections in October 2016.
Social inclusion and harmony are the focus of ‘Embrace Diversity’, a social media campaign and website that aims to engage people across Australia.
The planned anti-Islam and anti-racism protests that took place in Melton on Sunday only serve to fan the flames of hate in our community.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, met in Hobart to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the move to legalise adoption by same-sex and non-gender specific couples in the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015 (Vic) but is disappointed by the amendment to the Bill that allows agencies to discriminate on religious grounds.
Some of the nation’s most powerful business leaders have come together to acknowledge domestic violence as a workplace issue.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission launched a joint initiative alongside the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) and members of the Judiciary to target inequitable representation of Victorian women barristers in commercial litigation on Wednesday 11 November.
Despite women first being awarded professional riding licences in Australia close to four decades ago, there have only ever been four female jockeys to race a Melbourne Cup. To say that progress has been slow is an understatement.
The Commission welcomes the launch of a new Easy English resource from Victoria Police about people’s rights when reporting crime. The resource was developed in partnership with the Commission with input from a range of stakeholders.
A new online guide launched by Women’s Health Victoria has been developed to support primary prevention efforts for violence against women.
Children’s Week is a national celebration that showcases the achievements of children and young people, and spreads the message that every child has the right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.
The Commission welcomes two new resources launched this week aimed at supporting families of children with disabilities or additional learning needs.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling for expressions of interest from secondary schools wishing to participate in the 2016 Fair go, sport! supported-practice project.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's Annual Report for 2014/15 was tabled in Parliament today, and offers a comprehensive rundown of the work the Commission has been involved in over the year.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes a new Bill that will remove discrimination against same-sex couples from Victorian adoption laws.
Did you know one in five people experience mental illness each year, making it one of the most common forms of disability in the community? This means it is likely that some of the people you work, live and socialise with every day have experienced, or may be living with,…
So let's get it out of the way right at the start: the fun police are ruining the country. You can't make a joke about anything any more. The do-gooders need to get over themselves and have a laugh. And here's my favourite: it was just a harmless joke.
Commissioner Kate Jenkins has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015.
Victorian self-help groups working in the disability sector are encouraged to apply for the Disability Self-Help Grants, a program offering up to $10,000 in funding over two years.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the 2015 Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, which was tabled today in Parliament.
The Commission welcomes the announcement of $10 million from the Victorian Government to support creative projects that will make state schools more inclusive and equitable places for students with special needs.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the release of the Draft Report into discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in the practice of surgery.
Following recent media reports we, the undersigned, call for greater care and consideration around the language used to describe another person’s gender identity.
Wednesday, 02 September 2015

New CEO joins Male Champions of Change

CEO of Yarra Trams, Clément Michel, recently committed to the Victorian-based Male Champions of Change group, joining 22 other men who are stepping up beside women to lead on gender equality.
A new attribute to the Equal Opportunity Act has come into effect making it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of an expunged homosexual conviction.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) has provided the Commission with an update on the ongoing implementation of recommendations from the Commission's report Held Back: the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian schools.
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 Commission congratulates Dorothy Docherty, member of our Disability Reference Group, on being awarded a Victorian Disability Sector Award under the Volunteer category as recognition of your work at Care Connect.
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 time last year Adam Goodes was one of the most celebrated Australians; this year he is one of the most vilified. Just how that has happened has been the subject of endless speculation and commentary in the media over the past fortnight: some of it illuminating but most of…
If you know an inspirational woman who you think deserves recognition for her contribution, leadership and achievements, please nominate her today.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has today launched a new website and online resources to help employers and employees understand their legal obligations and entitlements.
The Commission welcomes the appointment of Rowena Allen as Victoria's first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner. This appointment will assist promote the rights of LGBTI people in the community and champion LGBTI-inclusive practices across government and society.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Domestic Violence Victoria and Vic Health are partnering with the Centre for Advancing Journalism to investigate how media coverage influences community attitudes towards violence against women.
As NAIDOC week 2015 gets under way, the Commission acknowledges the strong spiritual and cultural connection Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with the land and sea and we continue to pay our respect elders past and present.
The Victorian Government is seeking input from the community on key issues relating to education in Victoria.
Victoria must establish a single independent body to oversee reports of abuse in the disability sector, which could also form the bedrock of any new safeguarding framework under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Monday, 22 June 2015

Public Sector Week news

This week marks the start of the inaugural Public Sector Week. At the Commission we are always pleased to support the range of work that happens in the public sector and, for us, this special week has come at a timely juncture.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has produced a short video about the accessible features of our building and the services provided by our staff.
Thursday, 11 June 2015

Disability Action Plan 2015-2017

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is committed to the elimination of discrimination against people with disabilities, and as a central part of this commitment, we have developed the Disability Action Plan 2015-17.
In order to enhance its effectiveness and relevance, Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities requires a review after four years of operation and again after eight years.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia continue to face unjust state-sanctioned discrimination, unacceptable levels of violence, harassment and bullying and a lack of visibility of the issues that directly affect them in accessing essential services, according to a new report released today by the Australian Human…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today made public its submissions to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
It is with deep sadness that the Commission acknowledges the passing of former Victorian Premier Joan Kirner.
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.
As National Reconciliation Week approaches its 10th year, it seems fitting that the theme for this year is 'It’s time to change it up'.
Planning has begun for the Commission's 2015 Human Rights Oration, held every year in December to mark World Human Rights Day.
The Royal Commission into Family Violence is nearing the conclusion of its intensive community consultations, hearing from people affected by family violence and the people who provide assistance and support to them.
The Commission welcomes the State Government's decision to provide $402,000 funding to Val's Cafe, a program that promotes the health, well-being and social inclusion of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. 
The first international study of homophobia in sport has revealed 87 per cent of young gay athletes in Australia feel forced to hide their sexuality from teammates, placing the country among the least safe English-speaking countries for LGBTI players.
The Commission welcomes the State Budget allocation of  $10 million in initiatives towards ensuring LGBTI Victorians have the respect, inclusion, health and happiness to which all Victorians are entitled. 
The Commission's Disability Reference Group member Thomas Banks is making a documentary to combat stereotypes around disability and sexuality, and show that everybody deserves to find love.
15 Aboriginal students from Thornbury Primary School have illustrated and recorded three ancient Wurundjeri stories in Woiwurrung and English.
The Commission welcomes the announcement of a $180,000 funding boost from the Victorian Government to support Victoria's Aboriginal communities.
The Commission welcomes the establishment of the first Parliamentary Friendship Group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians.
Some of Victoria’s most influential male corporate, government and community leaders are joining forces to advance gender equality and more women into leadership positions. The group of 20 men, convened by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins, will work together on innovative approaches to help ensure…
New legislation introduced in Victoria today will improve equality before the law for people living with HIV.
The Commission is committed to ensuring that Victorians are able to access information about their rights under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Human Rights Charter and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
The Law Institute of Victoria has launched a searchable database of 336 Victorian decisions involving the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006.
The Commission welcomes the opening of a cutting-edge accessible bathroom facility installed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
An innovative program will provide housing support for people living with mental health disability who are at risk of homelessness.
Congratulations to Buckley Park College, Manor Lakes College and Overnewton Anglican Community College for being selected to participate in the Fair go, sport! schools project for 2015!
Today, more than 890,000 students from over 1950 schools are joining together in their school communities to take part in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.
Secondary schools across Australia now have access to a range of educational resources to incorporate human rights in the classroom.
It is with great sadness the Commission acknowledges the passing of pioneer and committed Leader and Elder of the Victorian Aboriginal community Dr Alf Bamblett.
The unfulfilled aspirations of women will remain until men help to effect change.
Over the life of the Commission, many great and passionate people have given their time and energy by working here to help eliminate discrimination and human rights breaches. But in the process of continuing this work, the Commission has fallen out of touch with many of you. It’s time we…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is proud to be an official supporter of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia program.
The Commission will be working with the Judicial College of Victoria to develop a resource for judicial officers to assist with meeting the needs of people with disabilities in court.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has provided a submission to a national consultation exploring key rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, met in this week to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest. A primary focus of the meeting is the continuing, systemic and serious barriers to equality of…
Have you seen someone go above and beyond to make a difference in the life of a person with a disability?
The Victorian Government has introduced into Parliament proposed changes to move on laws to ensure rights to peaceful protest are protected.
This year marks the 7th anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples. Join thousands of Australians in commemorating this sacred moment in our nation's history by attending an event near you.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins spoke with JOY 94.9 FM’s Dean Beck about the new guideline: Transgender people and sport > Complying with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.
State and territory members of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities have released a statement of support in response to the recent unfair public criticism of the statutory role of the Australian Human Rights Commission in relation to complaints alleging breaches of human rights.
We are pleased to announce that the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has been awarded communication access accreditation by Scope.
The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives presents a groudbreaking exhibition at City Library as part of Midsumma Festival 2015.
In an effort to curb sexual harassment, US retailer American Apparel is attempting to ban workplace relationship and recently fired founder and CEO, Dov Charney, for alleged misconduct. While it's imperative to take workplace sexual harassment seriously, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins says that having a policy…
The Commission has recently updated its resource for pregnant women, Pregnancy and work: Know your rights and obligations. This booklet provides information on rights in the workplace during pregnancy, parental leave options and tips on returning to work.
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

Follow the rainbow to Anti-hate

Anti-Hate is turning technicolour for January to get the word out that we are not all the same but we are all equal! Help us spread the word and spray out homophobia and other forms of discrimination in 2015.
Friday, 02 January 2015

The human rights legacy of Ken Lay

"@VEOHRC @VictoriaPolice UUUHHH???" This was a fair question in response to my tweet from the Commission's Twitter account about Ken Lay’s resignation announcement earlier this week.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014

2014: Milestones and moments

A huge thanks to everyone who helped us spread the message of equality and human rights across Victoria. See our colourful year in pictures.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Help feed a family this Christmas

There are many people living in Victoria who do not have enough food to eat this Christmas. Donating food items or parcels is a great way of helping out the community and can make a huge difference to an individual or family over the festive season.
The Taxi Services Commission conducts a quarterly customer satisfaction survey to gauge public sentiment towards taxi and hire car services in Victoria.
Views on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) are welcomed as part of a new consultation on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues in Australia.
Friday, 12 December 2014

Human Rights Oration 2014

Listen to the Oration (MP3 Audio) View the video – “Marlon’s story” View Gillian Triggs speaking about why it’s important to value human rights in Australia. The 2014 Human Rights Oration was delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs on Tuesday 9 December. Professor Triggs spoke on "The overreach of executive power:…
Today we celebrate Human Rights Day and invite you to join the conversation about why human rights are important to all of us.
The Commission has teamed up with Dream Theatre, a company of young media makers with disabilities, to develop an educational video about The Equal Opportunity Act 2010.
Victorians who are deaf or hearing impaired can now access emergency information through a free alerts system for smartphones and tablet devices.
In recognition of International Day of People with Disability, the Commission is launching Rights, Camera, Action! – a video about the Equal Opportunity Act produced by people with disabilities.
Today, Tuesday 25 November 2014, marks the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has launched a national survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities, comprising state and territory statutory authorities with responsibility for discrimination, equal opportunity and human rights laws and the Australian Human Rights Commission, met on 7 November in Sydney.
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