Commission news

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.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission launched a joint initiative alongside the Victorian Bar’s Commercial Bar Association (CommBar) and members of the Judiciary to target inequitable representation of Victorian women barristers in commercial litigation on Wednesday 11 November.
Despite women first being awarded professional riding licences in Australia close to four decades ago, there have only ever been four female jockeys to race a Melbourne Cup. To say that progress has been slow is an understatement.
The Commission welcomes the launch of a new Easy English resource from Victoria Police about people’s rights when reporting crime. The resource was developed in partnership with the Commission with input from a range of stakeholders.
A new online guide launched by Women’s Health Victoria has been developed to support primary prevention efforts for violence against women.
Children’s Week is a national celebration that showcases the achievements of children and young people, and spreads the message that every child has the right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.
The Commission welcomes two new resources launched this week aimed at supporting families of children with disabilities or additional learning needs.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling for expressions of interest from secondary schools wishing to participate in the 2016 Fair go, sport! supported-practice project.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's Annual Report for 2014/15 was tabled in Parliament today, and offers a comprehensive rundown of the work the Commission has been involved in over the year.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes a new Bill that will remove discrimination against same-sex couples from Victorian adoption laws.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 11:24

Health check your workplace for Mental Health Week

Did you know one in five people experience mental illness each year, making it one of the most common forms of disability in the community? This means it is likely that some of the people you work, live and socialise with every day have experienced, or may be living with,…
So let's get it out of the way right at the start: the fun police are ruining the country. You can't make a joke about anything any more. The do-gooders need to get over themselves and have a laugh. And here's my favourite: it was just a harmless joke.
Commissioner Kate Jenkins has been announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2015.
Victorian self-help groups working in the disability sector are encouraged to apply for the Disability Self-Help Grants, a program offering up to $10,000 in funding over two years.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the 2015 Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, which was tabled today in Parliament.
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