The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and recognises their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land. We recognise the distinct rights and perspectives of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
We acknowledge that the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is on the land of the Kulin Nation and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
What the Commission does
The Commission operates under three laws:
- Equal Opportunity Act 2010
- Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001
- Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Under the Equal Opportunity Act and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act, the Commission receives complaints from the public on discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
We also offer free and fair dispute resolution with the aim of reaching an agreeable result for both parties.
The Commission also has a role to educate the community about their rights and responsibilities under these laws.
Under the Charter, the Commission has this role of education and reports to the government every year about the Charter.
The Commission cannot take complaints about human rights issues unless they are relevant to the Equal Opportunity Act or the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.
See the menu to your left for more information on what the Commission does and how we can help.
Aboriginal Cultural Rights
There are rights under the Charter relating to culture that are held specifically by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria.
Throughout this website the term “Aboriginal” is used to refer to both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Use of the terms “Koori”, “Koorie” and “Indigenous” are retained in the names of programs and initiatives, and, unless noted otherwise, are inclusive of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.