Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:10

Trial scheme underway to identify and prevent prejudice-based crime

A trial Third Party Reporting scheme is being developed by the Commission in partnership with Victoria Police and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

As a partnership, we are committed to working with the community to identify and prevent prejudice-based crime.

The trial will be piloted in two locations – Shepparton (Mooroopna) and Northern Melbourne (City of Yarra, Darebin and Whittlesea), allowing Aboriginal community members to report any incident of race discrimination including:

  • street-based harassment or vilification
  • refusal of or bad service in a shop because of race
  • discrimination at work
  • complaints about how the police have treated them.

Reports will be accepted from victims, witnesses and reporting hubs. People can also choose to report anonymously or make the report to a community organisation rather than directly to the Commission.

We are working with the Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committees in the pilot locations to implement the scheme.

This is the first time a third party reporting scheme has been trialled in Australia so we really appreciate all the involvement and support of the community and our partners.

The scheme is not yet live. If you would like further information about the Third Party Reporting scheme please contact Alessandra Guadagnuolo on 03 9032 3405 or [email protected].

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