Commission news

As part of its annual reporting on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, the Commission undertakes a survey with the cooperation of local government. The results from the most recent survey, dealing with the period 2013-14, have been released.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 13:19

2015: Our year in pictures

Our busy year started off in technicolour at Midsumma festival and ended with an outstanding Oration from Dr Anita Heiss. Thank you to everyone who helped us spread the message of equality and human rights across Victoria.
The Commission welcomes the Victorian Government’s request to undertake a review under section 151 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 and section 41(c) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 within the Country Fire Authority and the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission recently made two submissions into the Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.
The Commission welcomes measures outlined in the in-principle Victoria Police enterprise bargaining agreement, which are an important step towards implementing recommendations identified in the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission report on tackling sex discrimination, sexual harassment and predatory behaviour.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into allegations of abuse in the disability sector, tabled in Parliament on 9 December.
A report handed down today by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has identified a high prevalence and tolerance of sexual harassment within Victoria Police, along with substantial evidence of a sexist organisational climate where women are overwhelmingly the targets.
I would like to acknowledge International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations sanctioned day to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their rights, dignity and well-being.
Today on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), the Commission is urging employers to reject the common misconceptions about hiring people with disabilities and consider the many benefits they bring to the workplace.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 12:11

Pride Cup wins VicHealth Award

The Victorian Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s Pride Cup initiative has won a VicHealth Award for ‘Building better health through sport’.
A new picture book for children is helping kids and their families understand gender diversity and deal with the issues faced by transgender children.
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has launched a national consultation report reflecting on the nation’s 40 years since the introduction of the landmark Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
Victoria’s 10 year mental health plan has been released today, aiming to promote mental health and wellbeing, reducing suicide rates and providing better access to and choice about services for people with mental illness.
The inaugural Victoria Against Violence: 16 Days of Activism campaign begins today 25 November, bringing together families, businesses, students, community groups and organisations across Victoria for one common purpose: to unite to end family and gender violence.
A new campaign is aiming to increase the numbers and diversity of women who participate as candidates in Victoria’s 79 local government elections in October 2016.
Social inclusion and harmony are the focus of ‘Embrace Diversity’, a social media campaign and website that aims to engage people across Australia.
The planned anti-Islam and anti-racism protests that took place in Melton on Sunday only serve to fan the flames of hate in our community.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, met in Hobart to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
Friday, 13 November 2015 14:05

Same-sex couples have the right to adopt

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the move to legalise adoption by same-sex and non-gender specific couples in the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015 (Vic) but is disappointed by the amendment to the Bill that allows agencies to discriminate on religious grounds.
Some of the nation’s most powerful business leaders have come together to acknowledge domestic violence as a workplace issue.
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