Friday, 04 October 2019 13:59

Protecting Victorian students from antisemitic attacks

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 antisemitic attacks on members of Victoria’s Jewish community.

Every day at the Commission, we hear from people of all ages who have been treated unfairly because of their racial or religious background – and young people can be particularly vulnerable to this type of discrimination and harassment.

In Victoria, it’s against the law to discriminate against someone because of their religious beliefs or activities. The Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities protect individuals from discrimination and vilification, and play an important role in promoting equality for all Victorians.

In 2017–18, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry reported a 60 per cent increase in antisemitic incidents in Australia, with almost 30 per cent of these incidents occurring in Victoria. The council notes that under-reporting of such incidents is a persistent problem.

If you have been discriminated against, harassed or vilified because of your race or religion, you can make a complaint to the Commission. Our free, fair and timely dispute resolution service can help you to resolve your complaint – phone us on 1300 292 153, email enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au, or find more information online. The Commission also accepts complaints from third-party representatives.

Media contact

Peter Davies
Mobile:
0447 526 642
Email: peter.davies@veohrc.vic.gov.au 

 

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