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Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths. In less than a month, we get to celebrate our multiculturalism and community spirit during Cultural Diversity Week.
The ACT Government has passed new laws which acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold distinct cultural rights and must not be denied the right to maintain, protect and develop their culture. 
The Commission acknowledges the passing of the Relationship Amendment Bill 2015 in Victorian Parliament on Wednesday 10 February.
The Commission would like to congratulate Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins on her appointment as the federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
Sport and Recreation Victoria, in collaboration with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission will be offering training opportunities to become a MPIO throughout 2016.
Nominations for the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards are now open. The awards recognise people who make an outstanding contribution to empower people with a disability and create an inclusive community.
In a symbolic bid to rectify past injustices, the Victorian Government will make a formal apology to those in the community who have been forced to live with the stigma of a criminal record for over three decades.
Some of Victoria’s most vulnerable groups are still experiencing discrimination when applying for private rental accommodation, making it difficult for them to secure an affordable home.
In Review Decision A72/2015 (decision on publication), the Police Registration and Services Board considered the human rights of witnesses to police misconduct in considering whether it was in the public interest to publish material in a disciplinary decision that could lead to witness identification. The Board requested submissions from the…
The Commission wishes the Victorian finalists of the Australian of the Year Awards good luck, and thanks them for their service to the Victorian community.
The first week of 2016 is yet to draw to a close but we have already seen a spate of inappropriate workplace behaviours which have sex discrimination at their core.
For the first time, both houses of the Victorian Parliament will now undertake an Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of each sitting week.
As part of its annual reporting on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, the Commission undertakes a survey with the cooperation of local government. The results from the most recent survey, dealing with the period 2013-14, have been released.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:19

2015: Our year in pictures

Our busy year started off in technicolour at Midsumma festival and ended with an outstanding Oration from Dr Anita Heiss. Thank you to everyone who helped us spread the message of equality and human rights across Victoria.
The Commission welcomes the Victorian Government’s request to undertake a review under section 151 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and section 41(c) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 within the Country Fire Authority and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission recently made two submissions into the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.
The Commission welcomes measures outlined in the in-principle Victoria Police enterprise bargaining agreement, which are an important step towards implementing recommendations identified in the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report on tackling sex discrimination, sexual harassment and predatory behaviour.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into allegations of abuse in the disability sector, tabled in Parliament on 9 December.
A report handed down today by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has identified a high prevalence and tolerance of sexual harassment within Victoria Police, along with substantial evidence of a sexist organisational climate where women are overwhelmingly the targets.
I would like to acknowledge International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their rights, dignity and well-being.
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