The Commission has made a submission regarding proposed changes to laws affecting Victoria's youth justice system.

To all our political leaders,

On 26 May 2017, over 250 delegates gathered at the First Nations Convention and issued the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Following the Government’s announcement that they will increase penalties for young people who commit crimes and crack down on bail, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today called on the Government to ensure they put the human rights of children and young people in Victoria’s justice system front and centre in any changes.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian Government’s response to the Access to Justice Review, which will help more Victorians access much needed legal assistance.

The Chairperson of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Board Ms Moana Weir welcomes today's announcement by Attorney General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Laurinda Gardner and Faddy Zouky to the Commission's Board. 

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today said the Commission for Children and Young People's Report into the use of isolation, separation and lockdowns in the Victorian youth justice system reveals an unacceptable use of isolation in breach of children's rights.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of the harm caused by discrimination on the basis of race, nationality and ethnicity and calls on us to redouble our efforts to reduce all forms of racial discrimination. Federal Government plans announced on this day to set a higher bar for complaints under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act send an unfortunate message to many culturally diverse groups that it should be more acceptable to offend, insult and humiliate on the basis of race and ethnicity.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the City of Melbourne's proposed changes to outlaw people camping in the city would make life harder for people sleeping rough in Melbourne, many of whom have already experienced discrimination.

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and all their achievements, reflect on the challenges women continue to face, and take actions to further the march towards gender equality in our homes, in our workplaces and in our broader community.

A recent Supreme Court decision shows how the Disability Access Bench Book, developed by the Judicial College of Victoria and the Commission, is helping people with disabilities receive effective access to justice.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:54

Human rights upheld as court dismisses appeal

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Court of Appeal’s confirmation today that the transfer of children from Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice and Remand Centres to Barwon Prison was unlawful.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:49

Victorian court upholds children’s human rights

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomed today’s Supreme Court finding that the transfer of children from Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice and Remand Centres to Barwon Prison was unlawful.

Join us for this year's Human Rights Oration on 7 December to celebrate International Human Rights Day.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:01

Report on the operation of the Charter released

The 2015 report on the operation of Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities was tabled on 11 October 2016. It examines the use of the Charter in Victorian courts and tribunals, in parliament, by government and in the community in 2015. 

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 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.

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. 

This month we celebrate National Youth Week, acknowledging the contributions young people make to our communities. 

Cultural Diversity Week kicked off on Saturday 12 March 2016 with a full program of activities and experiences for all Victorians. Everyone's invited to join in the fun, and in the conversation online with #StandInHarmony. 

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. 

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