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Friday, 12 December 2014

Human Rights Oration 2014

Listen to the Oration (MP3 Audio) View the video – “Marlon’s story” View Gillian Triggs speaking about why it’s important to value human rights in Australia. The 2014 Human Rights Oration was delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs on Tuesday 9 December. Professor Triggs spoke on "The overreach of executive power:…
Today we celebrate Human Rights Day and invite you to join the conversation about why human rights are important to all of us.
The Commission has teamed up with Dream Theatre, a company of young media makers with disabilities, to develop an educational video about The Equal Opportunity Act 2010.
Victorians who are deaf or hearing impaired can now access emergency information through a free alerts system for smartphones and tablet devices.
In recognition of International Day of People with Disability, the Commission is launching Rights, Camera, Action! – a video about the Equal Opportunity Act produced by people with disabilities.
Today, Tuesday 25 November 2014, marks the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has launched a national survey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities, comprising state and territory statutory authorities with responsibility for discrimination, equal opportunity and human rights laws and the Australian Human Rights Commission, met on 7 November in Sydney.
A special edition of the Judicial College of Victoria Online Journal features papers from the Human Rights Under the Charter: The Development of Human Rights Law in Victoria conference held on 7-8 August 2014.
Transgender Victoria and YGender have joined forces to launch the 'What Makes an Ally?' youth project, created to foster healthy relationships between trans and gender diverse young people and their allies.
Australia's Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson is conducting a national consultation about how effectively we protect people's human rights and freedoms in Australia.
New speaker announced - limited places available!
Pride in Diversity and OII Australia have joined efforts to publish an Employers’ guide to intersex inclusion, now available online.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling for expressions of interest from secondary schools wishing to participate in the 2015 Fair go, sport! supported-practice project.
As published in the Ballarat Courier, 7 October 2014. It is no coincidence that every time our leaders speak of security threats, they also talk about the importance of social cohesion and the success of multiculturalism in Australia. As the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, I know there…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, with the assistance of members of the Victorian Bar, is hosting a continuing legal education workshop on litigation in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010(Vic).
The Office of Correctional Services Review is currently seeking Expressions of Interest to join the Independent Prison Visitor Scheme as a Koori Independent Visitor.
An Australian first La Trobe University study of gender diverse and transgender young people has revealed high rates of depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.
Thursday, 02 October 2014

Now is the time to spray out hate

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Anti Hate campaign helps Victorians stand up to hate and take action against offensive material – to remove it, report it, but most importantly to make it clear that as a community we will not tolerate it.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a free online tool to help businesses enhance productivity through a culturally diverse workplace.
Social networking website Facebook has partnered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Bully Stoppers program in a bid to tackle cyberbullying.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Today, 23 September, is an international day for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters. 
Monday, 22 September 2014

Volunteer at the party of the year!

Arts Access Victoria’s 40th Anniversary Party will be held on the 16th October at the St Kilda Town Hall.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is launching a free online tool to help businesses enhance productivity through a culturally diverse workplace.
Back in June, SBS issued an invitation to Australian filmmakers to create a 60 second film summed up in two words: "Join in".
Six new cutting-edge accessible bathroom facilities will be installed at popular public spaces across Victoria, giving people with a disability greater independence and better support their families and carers.
One in five people experience mental illness such as stress, anxiety and depression each year, making it one of the most prevalent forms of disability in the community.
In Victoria today more than 100,000 students in Victorian schools have a disability that may affect their learning ability. These students have a wide range of disabilities – they may be blind or deaf, have a physical disability that requires them to use a wheelchair or other aides, a learning…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

New program supports women in science

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes a new $700,000 program to support women who pursue and maintain careers in science.
Commission staff donned their brightest purples today in support of Wear it Purple Day.
The awards are an opportunity to recognise the achievements of your friends, colleagues or your organisation, large or small, for working to advance our human rights and freedoms in Australia.
A new video awareness campaign aimed at highlighting the value of older workers has been launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
The Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (OAAV) is seeking feedback on new laws that aim to strengthen Victoria's Aboriginal cultural heritage management system.
A pioneering service providing support to adults and children who have experienced sexual assault and abuse is now operating an expanded new facility.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has unveiled a new website which provides practical information about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Victorian Legal Aid (VLA) have expanded their services to help protect the legal rights of people with mental illness.
CAN you imagine being abused by the very person charged with the responsibility of supporting you? Research by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission found because these abuses occur behind closed doors, seeking help or safety is not an option for many. Fear of not being believed, of…
'The Invisible Discriminator' - Stop. Think. Respect.  television campaign devised by mental health organisation beyondblue aims to highlight how everyday acts of discrimination, such as jokes, glances and throwaway remarks, can lead to distress, depression and anxiety among Indigenous Australians.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Liz Broderick to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review.
Attorney-General Robert Clark joined Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen on Tuesday 15 July to launch the Melbourne Magistrates’ Koori Court.
The Commission will launch Beyond doubt: The experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime on Monday 21 July 2014.
Have you wanted to stand up to racism but felt unsure about what to say? Check out the winning entries in our Rant Against Racism competition for some great ideas.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a national campaign to raise awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes Deaf Victoria’s report, An inquiry into access to Auslan Interpreters in Victorian Hospitals.
Congratulations to the 2012-14 Disability Reference Group who were finalists for the "Excellence in Improving Participation Award" at the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector Awards. The Commission would like to thank the DRG for their tireless work in addressing issues of systemic discrimination for people with disabilities and congratulate them on…
Teachers and school staff have begun training for a new mental health program for students, that is being rolled out across Victorian state schools.
The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has asked the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to review Commonwealth legislation to identify provisions that unreasonably encroach upon traditional rights, freedoms and privileges.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has released the final consultation paper in its inquiry into disability and Commonwealth laws.
OII Australia and ACON have launched three new resources explaining intersex to the GLBTI and broader communities, service providers and parents of intersex children.
The incident of a Taser being used against a 54 year old man in Echuca by Victoria Police yesterday has prompted the Commission to reiterate its concerns regarding their use.
On 25 March 2014, the Australian Government Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, released an exposure draft Bill on the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the state and territory statutory authorities with responsibility for discrimination, equal opportunity and human rights laws and the Australian Human Rights Commission, met recently in Adelaide.
The Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) has published an Action Plan that aims to provide a more inclusive and accessible service to Koori people involved in criminal prosecutions.
The Commission has made a submission to the Australian Government's consultation on proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). The Commission has serious concerns about the Freedom of Speech (Repeal of s 18C) Bill 2014 – Exposure Draft.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has developed a guideline for employers outlining obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 regarding discrimination against people with mental illness in employment.
A trial Third Party Reporting scheme is being developed by the Commission in partnership with Victoria Police and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.
The Ombudsman found that Corrections Victoria is not meeting its legal obligations under the Charter in key areas including the right to life, and humane treatment when  in custody. These are very serious matters that require immediate attention.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission supports protection from racial and religious vilification in the community. Research has documented the detrimental impact experiences of racism have on individuals and the community, including experiences of violence, feelings of safety, levels of community engagement and mental health outcomes.
Grants are now open for emerging young leaders in the disability sector to attend the 7th session of the Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York from 10 – 12 June 2014.
Equality at the top for women in policymaking, politics and jobs that offer decision-making power still remains an aspiration. This seminar seeks to highlight the business case for gender equity in the workplace and more generally for women’s participation in the economy.
A recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) involved a matter of particular relevance to the Aboriginal community and services directed specifically towards Aboriginal people.
The Commission is a member of the Coalition for Aboriginal Health Equality Victoria, which exists to help ensure that the commitments of the Statement of Intent to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes are met in Victoria.
The Commission welcomes Victoria Police taking strong action in response to incidents of racism within the police force and making it clear there is an ongoing commitment to ensure racism is never an accepted part of Victoria Police culture.
A coalition of Aboriginal Services has been established in order to respond to the Royal Commission into sexual abuse against Aboriginal people.
As we prepare to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March – it is also an opportunity to remember that in Victoria, women are still paid less than men for performing the same work, face sexual harassment in the workplace and are discriminated against in many areas of life.
Victoria’s legal profession and members of the public are encouraged to have their say on options to improve the quality and efficiency of criminal trials funded by Victoria Legal Aid.
A recent decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) shows that not all distinctions between men and women are unlawful discrimination under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. The Act allows for the balancing of different interests to meet the special needs of people of one sex.
In Victoria, public sector employees must understand and comply with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) in their work. Find out more in our new resource.
The Commission welcomes the Victoria Police response to the community consultation and the actions articulated in the Three Year Action Plan released today.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report into children transferred from the youth justice system to the adult prison system and supports the findings and recommendations made by the Ombudsman.
Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission are calling for expressions of interest from secondary schools wishing to participate in the 2014 Fair go, sport! supported practice project.
The Commission's 2012/13 Annual Report is now available online and we encourage you to take some time to read about the Commission's work in 2012/13. The report demonstrates how much has been achieved over the past 12 months across the Commission – from community engagement to education and dispute resolution,…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission commends Victoria Police on the appointment of Sue Clark, who has been tasked with addressing racism within the police force.
The sixth annual report on the operation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities is now available. The report indicates that public authorities' understanding of the Charter is maturing to the extent that it is seen as a useful tool at a practical level.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released its submission to the Victoria Police community consultation on field contact reports and cross-cultural training.
The Commission has released this year's Local Government Charter Report. As the level of government most closely connected to the community, councils have a vital role to play in promoting and protecting the human rights of people in Victoria. Through this report, the Commission looks at the implementation of human…
Hot on the heels of Hockey Victoria, Basketball Victoria has become the next lead sport in our Fair go, sport! program.
The Commission is working on a research project looking at the experiences of people with disabilities in Victoria reporting crime to police. The research is focusing on people's experiences of reporting crimes against the person, including crimes such as assault, sexual assault, family violence, indecent assault and causing serious injury.
The Federal Government took an historic step in June by passing the Sex Discrimination (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Amendment Bill 2013, making it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
The following opinion editorial by CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Jill Gallagher AO accompanied the launch of the Commission's Reporting Racism report.   
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in partnership with Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM, launched the Melbourne event of Twenty Years: Twenty Stories film project.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Equal Opportunity Act in Victoria. To celebrate this milestone, the Commission launched Victorian Discrimination Law – a new handbook and online resource developed to provide a guide to equal opportunity case law in Victoria. This resource will provide a valuable tool for…
Thursday, 21 March 2013

Celebrating Harmony Day 2013

This year, Harmony Day carries the theme 'Many Stories - One Australia' and reminds us that Australia is a multicultural success story because we recognise the things that bind us as human beings. Harmony Day is about cultural respect, it’s about celebrating our similarities and it’s about recognising our differences.
Yesterday, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission proudly launched the evaluation of Phase One of the Fair go, Sport! project.  
The long awaited report of the Taxi Industry Inquiry tabled in Parliament today makes 139 recommendations to reform the taxi industry to improve the way taxis are licensed, operated and regulated.
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