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For many in modern Australia, it’s easy to imagine that our human rights and freedoms are well protected. But some Australians have less assurance of this - young people navigating the youth justice system, vulnerable individuals and families relying daily on public housing, disability services or social security, or Aboriginal…
The Gender Equality Bill being introduced to Parliament today promises better opportunities for women in the public sector and fairer, more equitable workplaces.
Victoria’s public servants recognise the value of human rights, and there are positive signs that public authorities are engaging the community in decisions that affect their rights, according to a new report from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Disability, race and sex were the most common types of discrimination reported to the Commission in the last 12 months, as outlined in our Annual Report for 2018–19.
Every Victorian should feel welcome and valued in the place they call home – and that’s why media reports this week of a neo-Nazi concert planned for Melbourne should alarm all of us.
No Victorian student should be harassed, bullied or discriminated against because of his or her religious beliefs. Disturbing news reports of rising antisemitism in Victorian schools highlight the importance of parents, educators and the broader community condemning such behaviour and educating young people about the serious and lasting impact of…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has today provided a submission to the Commonwealth Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill exposure draft, noting the Bill in its current form does not balance rights against each other adequately and is likely to have a number of harmful unintended consequences.
The Commission welcomes the Victorian Government's commitment to refer Victoria's anti-vilifications laws, including the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, to the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Legislative Assembly for an inquiry, as announced today.
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:39

Updated Victorian Discrimination Law resource

Victorian Discrimination Law is the essential digital resource for practice guidance, case law and analysis of discrimination laws in Victoria – and it’s now available online in a new, easy-to-access format via AustLII.
The Commission welcomes the Legal and Social Issues Committee’s support for a spent convictions scheme for Victoria, outlined in its report to the Victorian Parliament earlier today.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released the third report from its independent review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police. The report identifies the significant progress Victoria Police has made on gender equality since 2015, while highlighting the ongoing work and commitment needed to…
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 Commission 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.
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