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For Yom Hashoah, Tal Shmerling, senior legal advisor at the Commission, reflects on the Holocaust, protection of human rights, and the role of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is pleased to have partnered with Our Watch in developing Practice Guidance: Understanding your rights in the workplace and Victorian anti-discrimination law.
In the aftermath of the violent racist attack at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, as members of the Muslim community in New Zealand, Australia and further afield grieve the loss of 50 lives, we stand by Victoria’s Muslim community.
Imagine hiding out in the toilets at work every day from 4.45 pm because your boss demands a ‘goodbye hug’ before he goes home. Some days hiding out works, but other times he waits for you. Some days he pretends he can’t remember whether he’s already said goodbye, and he…
If we’re serious about dealing with sexual harassment, we need a stronger legal framework that shifts the burden from individuals. An important first step is to acknowledge sexual harassment as a symptom of gender inequality.
If Victoria really is the progressive state, how can we continue to allow campervans bearing offensive slogans on Victorian roads?
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:41

Towards self-determination

February 13 marks the eleventh anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples. It also marks a time to reflect on the ongoing calls for redress and meaningful self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.
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…
Against the backdrop of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January, news reports of a vile racist attack against a Melbourne rabbi earlier this week are doubly shocking. We, as a community, cannot tolerate antisemitic attacks against Victoria’s Jewish communities.
The annual Pride March is a signature event for the Midsumma Festival – Victoria's premier LGBTI cultural festival.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is urging the Victorian Government to include discrimination against people with mental illness and the role of Victoria’s equal opportunity and human rights laws in the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health.
Thursday, 17 January 2019 10:48

Our Year in Review 2017–18

As we prepare for another busy year working to create a safe and inclusive Victoria, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the year that has been. We're pleased to share with you our Year in Review 2017–18, a digital snapshot of our key achievements last year.
The Commission welcomes today’s announcement from the Victorian Government of additional support for people with disability to assert their rights and tackle discrimination.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission condemns the racist attitudes and behaviours displayed at a protest in St Kilda on the weekend, including Nazi symbolism and gestures. These actions are motivated by fear and hatred and have no place in our society.
An important VCAT decision has recently highlighted the importance of owners corporations obligations' to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate people with disabilities.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's Annual Report for 2017–18 was tabled in Parliament yesterday and details a productive year in aid of our vision for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria – one where every person is respected and treated with dignity.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is pleased to mark Human Rights Week with the launch of a free online education program about the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities for all staff in the Victorian Public Sector and local government. 
A national survey on attitudes towards gender equality and violence against women shows the urgent need to strengthen Victoria’s gender equality laws and continue the Commission’s landmark reviews into sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, alongside our wide-ranging work on gender equality.
Have you experienced sexual harassment in the workplace? Or do you deal with sexual harassment issues through your work? You can help shape the national conversation about sexual harassment at work and appropriate responses from employers through the National inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the state, territory and federal Human Rights and Discrimination authorities, met in Adelaide on 18–19 October 2018 to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
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