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A recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) involved a matter of particular relevance to the Aboriginal community and services directed specifically towards Aboriginal people.
The Commission is a member of the Coalition for Aboriginal Health Equality Victoria, which exists to help ensure that the commitments of the Statement of Intent to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes are met in Victoria.
The Commission welcomes Victoria Police taking strong action in response to incidents of racism within the police force and making it clear there is an ongoing commitment to ensure racism is never an accepted part of Victoria Police culture.
A coalition of Aboriginal Services has been established in order to respond to the Royal Commission into sexual abuse against Aboriginal people.
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:37

Celebrate International Women's Day

As we prepare to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March – it is also an opportunity to remember that in Victoria, women are still paid less than men for performing the same work, face sexual harassment in the workplace and are discriminated against in many areas of life.
Victoria’s legal profession and members of the public are encouraged to have their say on options to improve the quality and efficiency of criminal trials funded by Victoria Legal Aid.
A recent decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) shows that not all distinctions between men and women are unlawful discrimination under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. The Act allows for the balancing of different interests to meet the special needs of people of one sex.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:30

Understanding the Charter in your work

In Victoria, public sector employees must understand and comply with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) in their work. Find out more in our new resource.
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 welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into children transferred from the youth justice system to the adult prison system and supports the findings and recommendations made by the Ombudsman.
Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission are calling for expressions of interest from secondary schools wishing to participate in the 2014 Fair go, sport! supported practice project.
The Commission's 2012/13 Annual Report is now available online and we encourage you to take some time to read about the Commission's work in 2012/13. The report demonstrates how much has been achieved over the past 12 months across the Commission – from community engagement to education and dispute resolution,…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission commends Victoria Police on the appointment of Sue Clark, who has been tasked with addressing racism within the police force.
The sixth annual report on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities is now available. The report indicates that public authorities' understanding of the Charter is maturing to the extent that it is seen as a useful tool at a practical level.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released its submission to the Victoria Police community consultation on field contact reports and cross-cultural training.
The Commission has released this year's Local Government Charter Report. As the level of government most closely connected to the community, councils have a vital role to play in promoting and protecting the human rights of people in Victoria. Through this report, the Commission looks at the implementation of human…
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 10:50

Basketball signs up for Fair go, sport!

Hot on the heels of Hockey Victoria, Basketball Victoria has become the next lead sport in our Fair go, sport! program.
The Commission is working on a research project looking at the experiences of people with disabilities in Victoria reporting crime to police. The research is focusing on people's experiences of reporting crimes against the person, including crimes such as assault, sexual assault, family violence, indecent assault and causing serious injury.
Friday, 12 July 2013 11:54

Sex discrimination legislation amended

The Federal Government took an historic step in June by passing the Sex Discrimination (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Amendment Bill 2013, making it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
The following opinion editorial by CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Jill Gallagher AO accompanied the launch of the Commission's Reporting Racism report.   
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