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Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll celebrates 20 exceptional women who have made a significant and lasting contribution to their local community, the nation or the world.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) today launched the Independent Review into equity and diversity within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and Country Fire Authority (CFA). The Independent Review will look at barriers and opportunities for building safe and respectful environments in both organisations. It will consider…
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.
The Commission welcomes the amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which now provides protection of intangible Aboriginal heritage including stories, songs and dance.
The Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize is an annual competition for school students aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people. The competition is open to students in Years 10 and 11 in an Australian school.
It's hard to believe it has been 45 years since the Aboriginal flag was flown for the first time. Since then, it has been a sign of activism and celebration and become a prolific symbol of all Aboriginal people.
Do you know an inspiring individual or organisation that has demonstrated extraordinary passion and commitment in promoting cultural diversity in Victoria?
Seniors from multicultural backgrounds are receiving assistance to help them get connected online.
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 10:00

Celebrating NAIDOC Week in our July eNews

To mark NAIDOC week, Aunty Zeta Thomson spoke to Commission staff about the significance of Welcomes to and Acknowledgements of Country, and shared with us a bit about her family history. Aunty Zeta also took part in our Q&A for this edition of the eNews. 
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes legislation introduced to the Parliament of Victoria today that will help ensure domestic violence orders made in Victoria can be enforced Australia-wide.
Funding will be provided for a new research and teaching institute to help the disability and aged care sectors to transform and grow.
The Victorian Government is partnering with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and communities to reduce the number of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care. 
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:10

We stand with Orlando

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission sends a message of support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in light of the Orlando gay club massacre on the weekend.
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. 
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, recently met in Sydney to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
At a special lunch on 2 June, Kristen Hilton, Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, thanked and farewelled the members of our outgoing Disability Reference Group (DRG), who have served a two-year term from 2014–16.
Women with an intellectual disability are almost 70 per cent more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but they are often overlooked by shelters and support services because their needs are seen as too complicated, as reported by the ABC's PM program on 26 May.
Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

National Sorry Day

Today is National Sorry Day; a day for commemorating the Stolen Generations and reflecting on the great injustices that were committed against Aboriginal Australians with the forced removal of children from their families, communities and culture.
To coincide with today’s formal apology from the Victorian Government to the LGBTI community for those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts, the Commission’s latest film in the Pride not Prejudice series deals with the issue of expunged homosexual convictions.
The Commission welcomes "Recruit Smarter", an 18-month pilot program which aims to counter any potential bias during recruitment and ensure candidates get the best opportunities regardless of their background.
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