Every day at the Commission, we hear from people of all ages who have been treated unfairly because of their racial or religious background – and young people can be particularly vulnerable to this type of discrimination and harassment.
In Victoria, it’s against the law to discriminate against someone because of their religious beliefs or activities. The Equal Opportunity Act 2010, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities protect individuals from discrimination and vilification, and play an important role in promoting equality for all Victorians.
In 2017–18, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry reported a 60 per cent increase in antisemitic incidents in Australia, with almost 30 per cent of these incidents occurring in Victoria. The council notes that under-reporting of such incidents is a persistent problem.
If you have been discriminated against, harassed or vilified because of your race or religion, you can make a complaint to the Commission. Our free, fair and timely dispute resolution service can help you to resolve your complaint – phone us on 1300 292 153, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or find more information online. The Commission also accepts complaints from third-party representatives.
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