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 stamp out workplace harm.

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'.

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.

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.

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