Our service standards are about the way we work with you. They explain:
- what you can expect from us
- what you can do to help us.
About the Commission
The Commission is an independent statutory body that promotes equal opportunity, human rights and racial and religious tolerance. We have functions under three laws:
- Equal Opportunity Act 2010
- Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001
- Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
These laws require us to:
- provide information and education about your rights and responsibilities under these laws
- help people resolve disputes about discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation and racial and religious vilification
- conduct research and investigations
- help organisations comply with their responsibilities under these laws
- report to the Victorian Government.
What you can expect from us
To help you get the most out of our service, we will do the following:
- We will respect your rights.
- We will respect your privacy.
- We will listen to you and be helpful and courteous.
- We will work hard to make sure all our services are fair, prompt and accessible to everyone.
- We will make sure the information we provide is accessible to everyone and clear and easy to understand.
- We will publish our current policies on our website, so you can read how we protect your privacy and how we make the decisions that affect you.
- We will also publish our submissions, reports and other publications on our website, so you can read them whenever you want to.
- If we make a mistake, we will acknowledge it and work with you to resolve it.
- If we can’t help you, we will do our best to tell you about someone who can.
- We will always welcome your feedback and suggestions because we want to keep getting better at what we do.
How you can help us
You can help us by:
- respecting our staff and treating us with courtesy
- clearly telling us what you want from us
- telling us if you have any special needs
- letting us know as soon as possible if your circumstances change
- giving us feedback about our service so we can keep making it better. We like to hear good things too!
Using our Enquiry Line
When you call us asking for information, we will answer your call as quickly as possible. If we cannot answer your enquiry immediately, we will find someone who can and get back to you within one working day. If we can’t help you, we will do our best to refer you to someone who can.
Using our dispute resolution service
We will help you use this service effectively by:
- assigning an officer to work with you and letting you know who that is
- clearly explaining the process from the start
- clearly answering your questions during the process
- responding to emails, letters and phone calls quickly and clearly
- keeping you informed about the status and progress of your matter.
When we make a decision on your complaint, we will clearly explain why we have made it and what this decision means for you.
Using our education, training and consultancy service
When you use our education, training and consultancy service, we will process your registration, payments and certificates as quickly as possible.
If you want to participate in our calendar training programs, we will be happy to help you decide which course is best for you.
If you want to use our tailored education and training service, we will work closely with you to make sure the program we design meets your needs.
What we cannot do
The Commission cannot handle complaints under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
The Commission does not handle complaints related to the Charter. Complaints about breaches of the Charter can be made to the Victorian Ombudsman in relation to most public authorities and to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission in relation to police misconduct. The Commission cannot provide legal advice or representation and cannot advocate for parties in court or tribunal cases.
If you are unhappy about our service
If you are unhappy with our services, please tell us. We want to get better at what we do and we want to resolve your concerns.
If you would like to make a complaint, please tell the officer responsible first. All our staff will do their best to resolve your concern. If this is not possible or appropriate, you are welcome to talk with the officer’s manager.
You can also call or write to our Chief Executive Officer. We will manage all complaints fairly and as quickly as we can.
You may also make a complaint about the Commission to the Victorian Ombudsman.
Level 9, 459 Collins Street (North Tower), Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: (03) 9613 6222
Toll free: 1800 806 314 (regional only)