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Every Victorian should have the right to live their true identity, free from discrimination – and that’s why the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissions supports the Victorian Government’s proposed amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996.
The Commission has provided a submission to the Inquiry into a Legislated Spent Convictions Scheme to argue that the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) should be amended to add an attribute to prohibit discrimination on the basis of an irrelevant criminal record.
Reducing Racism is a new project that engages Victoria’s African and Muslim communities to help them understand their rights and how to exercise them and make it easier for them to report racism.
During NAIDOC this year, Djarwan Eatock, a Wiradjuri and Gayiri man and Senior Policy and Research Officer for Aboriginal rights at the Commission, reflects on the strengths and struggles of the Aboriginal community in seeking 'Voice, Treaty and Truth'.
Our submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlights the role of discrimination as both a driver and a consequence of mental illness.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:14

Coroner rules inquest to consider racism

On Tuesday the Coroners Court of Victoria ruled that the scope of the inquest into the death of Tanya Day, an Aboriginal woman who was fatally injured in police custody, should include consideration of whether systemic racism contributed to the cause and circumstances of her death.
Vicsport, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and Sport and Recreation Victoria have collaborated on two new guides and a video to help sporting clubs and players to stand up against racism and create safer, more inclusive sporting clubs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people…
Removing legal barriers that prevent trans and gender-diverse Victorians from living their true identity is a vital step towards equality. The Commission supports the Victorian Government’s proposed amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996, introduced to Parliament today.
An investigation by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission into the travel insurance industry has seen several major travel insurers change their policies to prevent discrimination against people with mental health conditions.
Today is Flexible Working Day, an international day to celebrate flexibility at work and workplace initiatives to improve work–life balance. Here, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton reflects on the need to destigmatise flexible work requests, the benefits of flexible work arrangements for all employees, and…
Victoria Police and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have released Proud, visible, safe, a report examining the experiences of LGBTIQ employees at Victoria Police. The report finds that Victoria Police is committed to building an organisational culture that is safe for LGBTIQ employees – but that there…
For Yom Hashoah, Tal Shmerling, senior legal advisor at the Commission, reflects on the Holocaust, protection of human rights, and the role of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is pleased to have partnered with Our Watch in developing Practice Guidance: Understanding your rights in the workplace and Victorian anti-discrimination law.
In the aftermath of the violent racist attack at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, as members of the Muslim community in New Zealand, Australia and further afield grieve the loss of 50 lives, we stand by Victoria’s Muslim community.
Imagine hiding out in the toilets at work every day from 4.45 pm because your boss demands a ‘goodbye hug’ before he goes home. Some days hiding out works, but other times he waits for you. Some days he pretends he can’t remember whether he’s already said goodbye, and he…
If we’re serious about dealing with sexual harassment, we need a stronger legal framework that shifts the burden from individuals. An important first step is to acknowledge sexual harassment as a symptom of gender inequality.
If Victoria really is the progressive state, how can we continue to allow campervans bearing offensive slogans on Victorian roads?
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:41

Towards self-determination

February 13 marks the eleventh anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples. It also marks a time to reflect on the ongoing calls for redress and meaningful self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is pleased to support the Victorian Legal Services Board and Victorian Legal Services Commissioner's review of sexual harassment within the legal sector. The initiative was announced this morning by Victorian Legal Services Commissioner Fiona McLeay at the Legal Laneway Breakfast hosted by…
Against the backdrop of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, news reports of a vile racist attack against a Melbourne rabbi earlier this week are doubly shocking. We, as a community, cannot tolerate antisemitic attacks against Victoria’s Jewish communities.
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