Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:09

March with us for equality and human rights


The Commission is inviting Victorians to join its contingent for the 2018 Pride March in St Kilda on Sunday 28 January 2018.

The Pride March is a signature event for the Midsumma Festival - Victoria's premier LGBTI cultural festival. It is about celebrating our diversity as well as an opportunity for a show of solidarity by the community, its supporters and allies.

"The Commission is thrilled to be a part of yet another Pride March and we'd like to invite you all to march with us.

"Pride is a time to celebrate our LGBTI communities, and this year we also have the opportunity to recognise all those who have worked so hard to make marriage equality a reality.

“It is also a reminder for us all to maintain our commitment to creating a fairer and more inclusive society for all," Commissioner Kristen Hilton said.

If you think you have been discriminated against you can contact the Commission on 1300 292 153 or email

To be a part of the Commission's contingent for 2018 Pride March, email


The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling on all Victorians to take a stand against racism and discrimination in the community. 

Misleading claims of an African gang crisis in Victoria – refuted by the Chief Commissioner of Police - have already spurred race-based hate and threats towards African Victorians. 

“Victoria is an inclusive and diverse state. We know that a society free from racism and discrimination is better able to tackle complex issues such as anti-social and criminal behaviour. 

“Leaders across sectors – especially in government and the media – have an important role in championing the positive values of diversity and equality,” said Commissioner Kristen Hilton. 

“The leadership of Victoria Police in establishing an African-Australian community taskforce, which will include addressing racial vilification and hate crime, is a positive step.

“Victoria has strong anti-discrimination protections. Racial vilification and discrimination are not only harmful, they are against the law.

“We encourage all Victorians to know their rights and responsibilities and to take a stand against racism wherever they see it,” said Commissioner Hilton.

If you have experienced racial vilification or discrimination you can contact us for information or to make a complaint: 1300 292 153 or email

Find out more from the Commission about how to respond to incidents of racism or racist practices and systems:

Media contact

Peter Davies
0447 526 642

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes Australia’s ratification today of the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Supreme Court ruling that will allow the release of the Independent Equity and Diversity Review of Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed Australia’s catastrophic failure to protect children from sexual abuse in institutions, and demands major changes in the way we respond to and prevent future harm, says Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton.

With the festive season upon us, employers are encouraged to remind staff that Christmas parties are work functions and sexual harassment is against the law and not acceptable. 

Friday, 08 December 2017 10:25

Equality triumphs in Human Rights Week

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ends Human Rights Week with a celebration of the legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:41

Information on sexual harassment

Contact the Commission on 1300 292 153 or email  if you would like information on how the law protects you from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal or written. Find out more.

Download the Guideline: Sexual Harassment > complying with the Equal Opportunity Act

State and Territory members of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA) call on the Australian Government to ensure that the human rights of the men on Manus Island are protected.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights welcomes today’s affirmation that the Australian public stands behind LGBTI communities and has overwhelmingly shown its support for same-sex marriage by voting yes in the postal survey.

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