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The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the state and territory statutory authorities with responsibility for discrimination, equal opportunity and human rights laws and the Australian Human Rights Commission, met recently in Adelaide.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:34

New plan to better serve Koori Victorians

The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has published an Action Plan that aims to provide a more inclusive and accessible service to Koori people involved in criminal prosecutions.
The Commission has made a submission to the Australian Government's consultation on proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). The Commission has serious concerns about the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s 18C) Bill 2014 – Exposure Draft.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has developed a guideline for employers outlining obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 regarding discrimination against people with mental illness in employment.
A trial Third Party Reporting scheme is being developed by the Commission in partnership with Victoria Police and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
The Ombudsman found that Corrections Victoria is not meeting its legal obligations under the Charter in key areas including the right to life, and humane treatment when  in custody. These are very serious matters that require immediate attention.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission supports protection from racial and religious vilification in the community. Research has documented the detrimental impact experiences of racism have on individuals and the community, including experiences of violence, feelings of safety, levels of community engagement and mental health outcomes.
Grants are now open for emerging young leaders in the disability sector to attend the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York from 10 – 12 June 2014.
Equality at the top for women in policymaking, politics and jobs that offer decision-making power still remains an aspiration. This seminar seeks to highlight the business case for gender equity in the workplace and more generally for women’s participation in the economy.
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.
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