"It is the Commission’s job to remind people of the laws around racial vilification, discrimination and human rights and to make sure that those who suffer from vilification or discrimination are able to report it. 
 
"It is also our role to advocate on behalf of communities who experience discrimination, including racism.
 
"We are proud of our successful multicultural society and of Victorians for their efforts to combat racism in our community."

 

This statement is attributable to Commissioner Kristen Hilton.


VEOHRC media contact:
Anna Craig: 0447526642 / anna.craig@veohrc.vic.gov.au

 

Victoria has seen a dramatic rise in race-based discrimination reports over the past twelve months, according to new figures from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. 

In a year-on-year comparison, race-related reports via the Commission’s public enquiry line rose by 34%, with formally-lodged complaints rising by 76%.

The Commission handles enquiries and complaints relating to discrimination, racism and harassment under Victoria’s Equal Opportunity Act 2010. It gathers race-related reports from three sources: via an enquiry line, via formal complaints, and via face-to-face community consultation.

Compared by financial year (2016-17 to 2017-18), race-related enquiry-line reports are up by 34% (470 to 630) while formal complaints are up by 76% (77 to 136).

Comparing six month periods, the rise in formal complaints was even larger at 129%, with 33 complainants alleging discrimination on the basis of race in the first half of 2017 rising to 75 in the first half of 2018.

The rise follows inflammatory race-related political statements and reporting in January of this year, revived again last week by some media outlets.

Today’s figures suggest that a racially-charged atmosphere persists long after the headlines have faded.

“This sudden jump in race-related discrimination reports should be a wake-up call for politicians who have made racially divisive statements,” said Commissioner Kristen Hilton. “Linking skin colour and crime causes more problems than it solves.”

“Victoria is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world, and a great place to live. The majority of Victorians who champion multiculturalism should not have to put up with journalists and politicians undermining their communities and workplaces with racially-divisive rhetoric. They deserve better.”

If you have experienced discrimination or sexual harassment, you can contact the Commisson for information or to make a complaint: 1300 292 153 or email enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au.

Notes for editors:

The following is a breakdown of the Commission’s available figures on race-related reports, gathered from our enquiry line and via our formal complaint mechanism.

The Commission has used enquiry-line figures as the lead indicator, because the data pool is larger; we know that communities who are particularly vulnerable will often decline to progress their enquiry to a formal complaint.

Enquiry Line reports - 12 month year-on-year comparison
1/7/2016 to 30/6/2017 -470 contacts reported discrimination on the basis of race
1/7/2017 to 30/6/2018 - 630 contacts reported discrimination on the basis of race
This is a 34% increase.

Complaints – 12 month year-on-year comparison
1/7/2016 to 30/6/2017 - 77 complainants alleged discrimination on the basis of race
1/7/2017 to 30/6/2018 - 136 complainants alleged discrimination on the basis of race
This is a 76% increase in complainants alleging they have been treated unfavourably due to their race. The highest areas of complaint are within employment (50%) and in provision of goods and services (38%).

Complaints – 6 month year-on-year comparison
1/1/2017 to 26/6/2017 - 33 complainants alleged discrimination on the basis of race
1/1/2018 to 26/6/2018 - 75 complainants alleged discrimination on the basis of race
This is a 129% increase.

VEOHRC media contact:
Kat O’Shea: 0459 114 657 / kat.o’shea@veohrc.vic.gov.au

 

Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:17

Vale Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi

The Commission is deeply saddened by the passing of His Eminence the Grand Mufti of Australia Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi

His Eminence provided spiritual guidance to thousands of Australians. He worked tirelessly to bring communities together. His legacy will be felt by all Victorians who benefit from a fairer, more inclusive multicultural and multi-faith society.

The Commission extends our sincerest condolences to friends and family of His Eminence and to Muslim communities across Australia.

Read Grand Mufti of Australia Mufti Sheikh Abdel Aziem Al-Afifi dies

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has filed a submission in proceedings relating to the approval of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and United Firefighters Union Operational Agreement 2016 (Operational Agreement) at the Fair Work Commission.

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

The Commission Chairperson, Ms Moana Weir, welcomes today's announcement by Attorney-General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Rebecca Dabbs to the Commission's Board.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton has today praised the Victorian Government’s investment in gender equity in the construction industry as a step in the right direction.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has today been granted leave to be heard in proceedings relating to the approval of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and United Firefighters Union Operational Agreement 2016 (Operational Agreement) at the Fair Work Commission.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) sought leave yesterday to intervene in proceedings relating to the approval of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board and United Firefighters Union Operational Agreement 2016 (Operational Agreement) at the Fair Work Commission.

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