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.

In response to community concern, the Commission wrote to a group suspected of being responsible for a banner hung over Melbourne's Eastern Freeway on Sunday to warn them of a potential contravention of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001.

The Commission also informed Victoria Police about the incident.

by Kristen Hilton, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

by Kristen Hilton, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

by Kristen Hilton, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

Members of the Victorian-based Male Champions of Change National group (established in 2015) have achieved gender balance, or progress towards balance, in 83 per cent of organisational leadership categories assessed by the group, up from 63 per cent in 2016.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (the Commission), together with the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation, appeared in the Victorian Court of Appeal on Monday 16 April in an appeal hearing over the Commission’s Independent Equity and Diversity Review into CFA and MFB.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (the Commission), together with the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation, will appear in the Victorian Court of Appeal today in an appeal hearing over the Commission’s Independent Equity and Diversity Review into CFA and MFB. 

The Commission is alarmed by recent reports and footage of Victoria Police officers appearing to use excessive force and cruel and degrading treatment.

Matt Finnis head shotThe Commission Chairperson, Ms Moana Weir, welcomes today's announcement by Attorney-General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Matt Finnis to the Commission's Board.

"Matt Finnis has decades of experience supporting community organisations and will be an asset in helping set the strategic direction for the Commission.

"I look forward to working with him to achieve the Commission's vision for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where every person is respected and treated with dignity," Ms Weir said.

Mr Finnis is the CEO of St Kilda Football Club, and has worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government. He has extensive experience on boards supporting community causes, including Ladder, AFL SportsReady, Surfing Australia, Surf Life Saving Victoria and HeartKids Australia.

Mr Finnis is also a founding member of the Sport Male Champions of Change Group, working with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality. In 2016 he was awarded the Straight Ally of the Year at the GLOBE Community Awards.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton welcomed Mr Finnis’s appointment.

"Matt is a fantastic addition to our Board. His commitment and effectiveness in making positive changes to sports and community organisations has been a feature of his career, and will be invaluable to the Commission’s work."

More details on the Commission's Board

Media contact

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

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