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 extent, nature and impact of discrimination, including bullying, and sexual harassment.

The Review was prompted by the release of the Fire Services Report earlier this year which raised concerns relating to the culture of MFB and CFA and has the backing of the Victorian Government and both agencies.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton noted that discrimination, including bullying, and sexual harassment exist in workplaces across many sectors. Ms Hilton noted there is broad acknowledgement that work needs to be done in MFB and CFA to ensure that Victorian emergency services can continue to strengthen and progress, and in doing so lead the way for other public sector agencies.

“The aim of the VEOHRC Independent Review into Equity and Diversity is to hear from employees and volunteers about what works and what needs to change to create work environments that are safe and inclusive, and where discrimination and bullying have no place.

“We want to hear from all employees and volunteers, including those who left the organisation in or after 2010. We will make tailored recommendations to both CFA and MFB based on the different make-up of each organisation,” Ms Hilton said.

Ms Hilton said that the VEOHRC Independent Review will prioritise the safety and confidentiality of all participants who come forward and there will be a number of ways people can take part.

“It is important we hear from as many people as possible about both positive and negative experiences.”

“Both MFB and CFA provide crucial services to the community. For employees and volunteers who work to ensure our communities are safe, it is essential that every step is taken to make sure that their workplaces are safe, fair and supportive,” Ms Hilton said.

The fire services work follows an independent review undertaken by VEOHRC of Victoria Police last year which has led to a program of significant cultural change within Victoria Police.

A report on the Commission’s findings will be publicly available in mid-2017.

VEOHRC media contact:
Anna Craig: 0447 526 642 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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