The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) has opened nominations for Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2018. 

In response to community concern, the Commission wrote to a group suspected of being responsible for a banner hung over Melbourne's Eastern Freeway on Sunday to warn them of a potential contravention of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001.

The Commission also informed Victoria Police about the incident.

by Kristen Hilton, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 09:19

Racist posters not who we are: Commissioner

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today condemned the racist posters stuck around Melbourne schools, which a white supremacist group has claimed responsibility for.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission has opened nominations for Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2017. 

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.

Monday, 20 February 2017 12:20

Erasing bias from workplace recruiting

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

Friday, 10 February 2017 13:49

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. 

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