Commission news

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.
Recent news coverage has reported on a story of a primary school refusing a female student’s request to wear pants to school. The Grade 1 student wished to wear pants because she was uncomfortable playing sport, running and climbing in her heavy school tunic and thick stockings. Although the school…
In recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the Commission is pleased to present the latest film in our series that examines discrimination against LGBTI communities in Victoria.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 12:01

No place for racism in sport

The recent series of incidents where sporting players paint their face black as part of their fancy-dress costumes highlight how far we have to go in stamping out racism in Victoria.
Law Week is an annual festival of mainly free events held all over Victoria with the aim of making learning about the law easy, fun and informative.
Chairperson of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Mr John Searle, today announced the appointment of Kristen Hilton as the new Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Ms Hilton will commence her role on 1 June 2016.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission congratulates the Centre for Advancing Journalism on the launch of its new website, Uncovered.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has today launched a national report examining the challenges facing older workers. 
This month we celebrate National Youth Week, acknowledging the contributions young people make to our communities. 
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the announcement of Australia’s first ever Pride Centre for Victoria’s LGBTI community.
Thursday, 21 April 2016 14:48

New film in Pride not Prejudice series

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity as attributes protected under the Equal Opportunity Act, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is developing a series of short films featuring prominent LGBTI community members.
Monday, 18 April 2016 10:45

Acting Commissioner appointed

Clare Morton has been appointed Acting Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, effective 18 April 2016.
The Victorian Government is aiming to remove barriers around new birth certificates for trans, gender diverse and intersex Victorians. The Commission welcomes any change to the current legislation so that people are free to change the gender on their birth certificate without having to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
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