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Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:28

Human rights of children protected

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Supreme Court’s finding that the Victorian Government acted unlawfully under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities in the Certain Children v Minister for Families and Children & Others case. The Commission intervened in the case to ensure that…
FOR someone who hated going to the doctor, refused to wear sunscreen or take a vitamin, we thought Maurie’s preoccupation with the tingling in his feet was a bit over the top. At 70, he was running five kilometres a day and, as a former Carlton footballer, his strength and…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of funding for a statewide intermediaries scheme to help children or people with disabilities who are victims of crime.
The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, recently met in Sydney on 27–28 April 2017 to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the confidentiality of the participants of the ongoing Independent Review into equity and diversity within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority is paramount. Commissioner Hilton also said that the Commission has not released any Review information…
The Chairperson of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Board Ms Moana Weir welcomes today's announcement by Attorney General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Laurinda Gardner and Faddy Zouky to the Commission's Board. 
Following reports that a number of students with African heritage across the state have been told their hairstyles breach school uniform policies, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said that it may be that some schools haven't got the balance quite right between their uniform policies and…
Today is Transgender Day of Visibility.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today said the Commission for Children and Young People's Report into the use of isolation, separation and lockdowns in the Victorian youth justice system reveals an unacceptable use of isolation in breach of children's rights.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of the harm caused by discrimination on the basis of race, nationality and ethnicity and calls on us to redouble our efforts to reduce all forms of racial discrimination. Federal Government plans announced on this day to set a…
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the City of Melbourne's proposed changes to outlaw people camping in the city would make life harder for people sleeping rough in Melbourne, many of whom have already experienced discrimination.
International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and all their achievements, reflect on the challenges women continue to face, and take actions to further the march towards gender equality in our homes, in our workplaces and in our broader community.
A recent Supreme Court decision shows how the Disability Access Bench Book, developed by the Judicial College of Victoria and the Commission, is helping people with disabilities receive effective access to justice.
Monday, 20 February 2017 12:20

Erasing bias from workplace recruiting

The Commission is please to support an anti-discrimination recruitment pilot program that was today launched by the Victorian Government.
Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:37

Commission welcomes marriage equality report

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes a consensus report on marriage equality by a Parliamentary Select Committee on the Exposure Draft Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016.
Friday, 10 February 2017 13:49

A win against racism

I am very pleased to see the outcome of Kwenda Obudho's case against a Melbourne nightclub. A Victorian Supreme Court judgment has found that Mr Obudho was indeed the victim of racial discrimination.
While the headline 'Sex cases soar' may not seem like for good news for Victoria Police, the rise in complaints is an indication that more women members are speaking up about their mistreatment and that is absolutely a step in the right direction. 
Friday, 03 February 2017 16:57

We're hiring!

The Commission is currently recruiting for: Senior Adviser, Aboriginal Policy and Research Senior Adviser, Information and Engagement Manager, Education Partnerships
The Commission is very pleased to announce the new Disability Reference Group members for 2016-18.
Monday, 16 January 2017 16:47

Celebrating at Midsumma Carnival 2017

Commission staff members had another fantastic day at the annual Midsumma Carnival event on Sunday 15 January. Our stall saw lots of foot traffic, giving us great opporunities to chat with community members about the issues that are important to them, as well as the work we do to tackle…
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