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The Commission Chairperson, Ms Moana Weir, welcomes today's announcement by Attorney-General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Matt Finnis to the Commission's Board. "Matt Finnis has decades of experience supporting community organisations and will be an asset in helping set the strategic direction for the Commission. "I look forward to…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is proud to announce the release of Equal Opportunity in Golf, a practical guide to preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment in Australia’s golf clubs.
Earlier this year, one of our staff spoke at Better Together, the largest LGBTI+ conference in Australia since the 1980s, about why trans and gender diverse inclusion in sport matters.
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…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is marking International Women's Day with a call to action for Victoria's employers.
In response to today's media stories, Commissioner Kristen Hilton said:
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.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has written to the Religious Freedom Review, which was commissioned by the Australian Government last year to evaluate the strength of existing religious protections in Australia.
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.
A new initiative to improve work, study and business opportunities for Victorians with a disability is welcomed by the Commission.
Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:09

March with us for equality and human rights

The Commission is inviting Victorians to join its contingent for the 2018 Pride March in St Kilda on Sunday 28 January 2018. The Pride March is a signature event for the Midsumma Festival - Victoria's premier LGBTI cultural festival. It is about celebrating our diversity as well as an opportunity…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling on all Victorians to take a stand against racism and discrimination in the community.  Misleading claims of an African gang crisis in Victoria – refuted by the Chief Commissioner of Police - have already spurred race-based hate and threats towards…
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes Australia’s ratification today of the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).
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).
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has exposed Australia’s catastrophic failure to protect children from sexual abuse in institutions, and demands major changes in the way we respond to and prevent future harm, says Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton.
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. 
Friday, 08 December 2017 10:25

Equality triumphs in Human Rights Week

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission ends Human Rights Week with a celebration of the legislation of same-sex marriage in Australia.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:41

Information on sexual harassment

Contact the Commission on 1300 292 153 or email  if you would like information on how the law protects you from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, verbal or…
State and Territory members of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA) call on the Australian Government to ensure that the human rights of the men on Manus Island are protected.
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