Past projects

Deadly People and Their Stories is a collection of stories from unsung heroes – people who work tirelessly for their families and communities, but who may not be recognised for their achievements. This collection is a way to celebrate these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working to better their…
The Commission has been researching the issues faced by families relinquishing children with disability into state care and has produced a report: Desperate measures: The relinquishment of children with disability into state care in Victoria. This follows concerns raised by the Commission’s Disability Reference Group, warning that families may be…
There are laws that protect you when you are renting a property or applying to rent. However some people still experience discrimination when they apply for private rental accommodation in Victoria. The Commission conducted a survey about this issue and has produced a report Locked out: Discrimination in Victoria’s private…
Following the success of the Everyday People, Everyday Rights pilot project in the City of Hume in 2009 (funded by the Legal Services Board) and the City of Yarra in 2010 (funded by the Neighbourhood Justice Centre), the Commission has developed an Everyday People, Everyday Rights toolkit. The toolkit aims…
The research and consultations conducted indicate that discrimination is a significant issue for many community members from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and impacts on their full participation and contribution to the Victorian community. The project was a collaboration between the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the…
Access to education is a critical factor in eliminating disadvantage and protecting vulnerable children, and is essential to lifelong economic and social wellbeing. For these reasons, the Commission undertook research examining the experiences of students with disabilities in Victorian Schools to learn how schools are meeting students’ needs, as well…
Older Victorians make a significant contribution to the community and the economy through participation in the paid workforce. However, some mature-age workers can experience age discrimination at work and when looking for work.
Rights in focus: report on the rights of regional Victorians is a Commission report focussing on people living in regional Victoria and the about human rights issues affecting them and their communities. Human rights are basic entitlements that belong to every one of us, regardless of our background, where we…
The Commission believes that the voices of older people are not adequately heard in major discussions about human rights. As part of an ongoing project, we wanted to hear what you think needs to be done to protect the basic human rights of older people in Victoria. Background In 2011,…
The Rights of passage research found that experiences of racism against young Australian-Sudanese people prevented them from moving freely in the community and limited their access to services, employment and education.
Why we undertook the research The ability to drive is important for many older people’s independence. The freedom it provides when public transport options are limited contributes to social connectedness and areas of life including health and wellbeing, social participation, access to employment, health care, cultural life, and community involvement.…
International students and other temporary visa holders pay thousands of dollars a year in fees for their children to attend public schools in Victoria. The policy of charging school fees for the dependents of international students and other visa holders was raised with the Commission in the course of consultations…
When you have a disability, taxi services are a critical means of public transport. Melbourne’s bus, tram and train networks will not be completely accessible for another twenty years. The Time to Respond reports discuss that despite recent reform to the taxi industry, waiting times and reliability continue to be…
Volunteers make an enormous contribution to the Victorian community. Every year, thousands of people give their time and energy on a voluntary basis to organisations in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. In return, they gain valuable skills and strengthen their connection with their communities.
The report The report of the research, Changing the rules : The experiences of female lawyers in Victoria, was launched by Michael Holcroft, President of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Acting Commissioner Karen Toohey and Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou – Managing Partner, Justitia on 3 December 2012 at the LIV. Background…