The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released the third report from its independent review into sex discrimination and sexual harassment in Victoria Police. The report identifies the significant progress Victoria Police has made on gender equality since 2015, while highlighting the ongoing work and commitment needed to stamp out workplace harm.

Our submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System highlights the role of discrimination as both a driver and a consequence of mental illness.

Imagine hiding out in the toilets at work every day from 4.45 pm because your boss demands a ‘goodbye hug’ before he goes home. Some days hiding out works, but other times he waits for you. Some days he pretends he can’t remember whether he’s already said goodbye, and he circles back for another hug. Everyone acts as if it’s just one of his quirks, but it doesn’t feel like that to you.

If we’re serious about dealing with sexual harassment, we need a stronger legal framework that shifts the burden from individuals. An important first step is to acknowledge sexual harassment as a symptom of gender inequality.

If Victoria really is the progressive state, how can we continue to allow campervans bearing offensive slogans on Victorian roads?

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is pleased to support the Victorian Legal Services Board and Victorian Legal Services Commissioner's review of sexual harassment within the legal sector. The initiative was announced this morning by Victorian Legal Services Commissioner Fiona McLeay at the Legal Laneway Breakfast hosted by Victoria Law Foundation.

Have you experienced sexual harassment in the workplace? Or do you deal with sexual harassment issues through your work? You can help shape the national conversation about sexual harassment at work and appropriate responses from employers through the National inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

Friday, 26 October 2018 10:57

Making gender equality real in Victoria

For more than 40 years the Commission has been helping Victorian employers and employees strive towards more inclusive workplaces where the contributions of women and men are valued and recognised equally.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's Annual Report for 2017–18 was tabled in Parliament yesterday and details a productive year in aid of our vision for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria – one where every person is respected and treated with dignity.

The figures released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission that show sexual harassment continues to be a major problem in workplaces should be a concern for us all.

by Kristen Hilton, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

Each year on International Women's Day, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission expresses our profound concern about sexual harassment in Victoria's workplaces. This year, at least, the issue needs no introduction. Day after day, sexual misconduct scandals have consumed our front pages. This is progress. But I'm here to press for more.

Monday, 26 February 2018 11:30

Sexual harassment at work hasn't gone away

Twenty-two years ago the Commission published a series of award-winning posters about sexual harassment, created by advertising agency McCann-Erikson.

Friday, 16 February 2018 16:07

Victorian Commissioner on Q&A MeToo Special

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton appeared as an audience VIP for Q&A’s MeToo Special on Thursday 15 February.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:58

Sexual harassment complaints on the rise

The Commission has seen an increase in enquiries and complaints regarding sexual harassment, particularly from young women. This may well be a result of continued media attention on the issue prompting women to speak up and contact us.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Supreme Court ruling that will allow the release of the Independent Equity and Diversity Review of Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

With the festive season upon us, employers are encouraged to remind staff that Christmas parties are work functions and sexual harassment is against the law and not acceptable. 

The Commission has provided a submission to the Department of Justice and Regulation’s consultation on the Victoria Police Restorative Engagement and Redress Scheme.

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. 

Page 1 of 2
Lodge a complaint with us
Updates6
Chat live with us now