For many in modern Australia, it’s easy to imagine that our human rights and freedoms are well protected. But some Australians have less assurance of this - young people navigating the youth justice system, vulnerable individuals and families relying daily on public housing, disability services or social security, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities seeking to uphold their cultural rights.

The Gender Equality Bill being introduced to Parliament today promises better opportunities for women in the public sector and fairer, more equitable workplaces.

Victoria’s public servants recognise the value of human rights, and there are positive signs that public authorities are engaging the community in decisions that affect their rights, according to a new report from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Disability, race and sex were the most common types of discrimination reported to the Commission in the last 12 months, as outlined in our Annual Report for 2018–19.

Every Victorian should feel welcome and valued in the place they call home – and that’s why media reports this week of a neo-Nazi concert planned for Melbourne should alarm all of us.

No Victorian student should be harassed, bullied or discriminated against because of his or her religious beliefs.

Disturbing news reports of rising antisemitism in Victorian schools highlight the importance of parents, educators and the broader community condemning such behaviour and educating young people about the serious and lasting impact of antisemitic attacks on members of Victoria’s Jewish community.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has today provided a submission to the Commonwealth Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill exposure draft, noting the Bill in its current form does not balance rights against each other adequately and is likely to have a number of harmful unintended consequences.

The Commission welcomes the Victorian Government's commitment to refer Victoria's anti-vilifications laws, including the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001, to the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Legislative Assembly for an inquiry, as announced today.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:39

Updated Victorian Discrimination Law resource

Victorian Discrimination Law is the essential digital resource for practice guidance, case law and analysis of discrimination laws in Victoria – and it’s now available online in a new, easy-to-access format via AustLII.

The Commission welcomes the Legal and Social Issues Committee’s support for a spent convictions scheme for Victoria, outlined in its report to the Victorian Parliament earlier today.

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