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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:38

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As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we know that many people are experiencing significant uncertainty about what the immediate future holds and the impact on them and their families.

At the Commission, we’re closely monitoring advice from health authorities. Ensuring the health and safety of our staff and those who use our services remains our top priority.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is pleased to support the Victorian Legal Services Board and Victorian Legal Services Commissioner's review of sexual harassment within the legal sector. The initiative was announced this morning by Victorian Legal Services Commissioner Fiona McLeay at the Legal Laneway Breakfast hosted by Victoria Law Foundation.

Victoria's unique human rights law provided real benefit to vulnerable Victorians over the past year, according to a report tabled in state Parliament today.

A report into the experience of students with disabilities in Victorian schools released today by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has found that in recent years there have been significant policy developments and action but more work is required to measure and ensure real change for students.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is intervening in the Arora v Melton Christian College case currently before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Following reports that a number of students with African heritage across the state have been told their hairstyles breach school uniform policies, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said that it may be that some schools haven't got the balance quite right between their uniform policies and respecting their students' diversity.

You are invited to the launch of Signs for Health, a resource for improving Auslan and communication access in hospitals for staff and deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind patients, on 19 October.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission commends the Victorian Government on further cementing the state as a leader on human rights protections, through its support for many of the recommendations made to the Eight Year Review of the Charter of Human Rights.

Children in out-of-home care are being supported to get the best out of their education with the launch of the new LOOKOUT Education Support Centre. 

Recent news coverage has reported on a story of a primary school refusing a female student’s request to wear pants to school. The Grade 1 student wished to wear pants because she was uncomfortable playing sport, running and climbing in her heavy school tunic and thick stockings. Although the school has agreed to allow the girl to wear pants after her parents raised it with the school and is reconsidering its policy, the incident has raised the issue of discrimination based on sex in the area of education.

This month we celebrate National Youth Week, acknowledging the contributions young people make to our communities. 

In Victoria today more than 100,000 students in Victorian schools have a disability that may affect their learning ability. These students have a wide range of disabilities – they may be blind or deaf, have a physical disability that requires them to use a wheelchair or other aides, a learning disability that affects their ability to process verbal or written information, or a disability that affects their behaviour and the way they learn.

The Commission welcomes the Victoria Police response to the community consultation and the actions articulated in the Three Year Action Plan released today.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Football Federation Victoria have thrown their support behind this year's Pride Football Australia tournament to show there is no place for homophobia in football.

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