Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today condemned the racist posters stuck around Melbourne schools, which a white supremacist group has claimed responsibility for.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton has said that marriage equality should be decided on by the Parliament, not by an optional and potentially divisive postal plebiscite.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian government’s announcement of $3 million over four years to support specialised family violence services for the Victorian LGBTI community.

A report into the experience of students with disabilities in Victorian schools released today by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has found that in recent years there have been significant policy developments and action but more work is required to measure and ensure real change for students.


In 2014 the Commercial Bar Association of Victoria, the judiciary and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission began work together to understand and address equity issues for female barristers at the commercial bar. Of specific concern was the notion that women practising at the Victorian Bar in commercial law were briefed less frequently than their male counterparts and received briefs of less value.

The Equitable Briefing Initiative was developed to analyse the briefing practices of law firms and government entities who volunteered to be a part of the initiative by submitting data over a three-year period from 2016–19 on their briefing practices, and to focus on reducing any gender bias apparent in briefing practices. 

This report analyses results from the first stage of the Equitable Briefing Initiative. It aims to identify any bias in briefing practices and considers whether the number of briefs to female barristers are proportionate at each level of seniority, and whether the average value of briefs to men and women are equivalent at each level of seniority.

Read the report

 

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is intervening in the Arora v Melton Christian College case currently before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Complaints to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission relating to discrimination in the rental market have increased over recent years. From 2015–17, the Commission received almost double the number of complaints concerning discrimination in renting and tenancy than in the previous two year period. Commissioner Kristen Hilton spoke to Fairfax Media about the issue.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission has opened nominations for Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2017. 

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Victorian government’s announcement of the successful recipients of the $1.5 million Disability Advocacy Fund.

Disability and LGBTI campaigner Jax Jacki Brown consistently works for inclusion and equality for everyone.

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