Melbourne has a reputation as a city that welcomes cultural diversity. When patrons of certain racial backgrounds are refused entry into nightclubs, pubs and bars it is offensive and distressing to the individuals concerned. It also damages the reputation of the entertainment and hospitality industries.
The Commission has been working with Yarra City Council on a campaign to address this race discrimination and is now expanding this to other councils.
Tell us about your experiences
We want to hear about your stories and experiences so if you have had an experience of racism that you would like to share, you can:
- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- call the Commission’s Enquiry Line on 1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583.
Would you like to see this campaign happen in your neighbourhood? Let us know or ask your local council to get involved.
We have decals and flyers for your club, pub or bar. Email us at email@example.com and we will send you what you need to get started. Alternatively, you can download the flyer below. A sample of the decal is also attached below.
- Everyone has the right to party flyer (PDF, 149KB)
- Everyone has the right to party flyer (DOC, 22 KB)
- Venues against racism decal - sample (JPG, 80KB)
Under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, it is against the law for business owners, their staff and agents to discriminate in the provision of goods and services on the basis of characteristics such as race.
In 2011 the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Yarra City Council received a number of formal and informal complaints about discrimination by nightclubs in inner Melbourne. These complaints have been made by patrons who allege that they have been refused entry by security guards because of their race. In some instances, they were explicitly told that their race was the basis for the refusal.
In response, the Commission worked with Yarra City Council on a campaign to address race discrimination in local nightclubs, pubs and bars.
Find out more
For more information about the Commission’s research into race discrimination, visit our race discrimination pages.
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