Today is the beginning of Human Rights Week – an annual celebration of the human rights and freedoms that are inherent to all of us, regardless of our background, culture, gender, age or belief. And there are opportunities throughout the week for every Victorian to show their support!

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:14

Coroner rules inquest to consider racism

On Tuesday the Coroners Court of Victoria ruled that the scope of the inquest into the death of Tanya Day, an Aboriginal woman who was fatally injured in police custody, should include consideration of whether systemic racism contributed to the cause and circumstances of her death.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is pleased to mark Human Rights Week with the launch of a free online education program about the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities for all staff in the Victorian Public Sector and local government. 

Victoria's unique human rights law provided real benefit to vulnerable Victorians over the past year, according to a report tabled in state Parliament today.

Joint media release from Commission for Children and Young People and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Action to strengthen Aboriginal cultural rights in youth justice centres can’t wait for the outcomes of a previously announced inquiry into the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the state’s youth justice system, according to a new joint report released today by the Commission for Children and Young People and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

The Commission has made a submission regarding proposed changes to laws affecting Victoria's youth justice system.

To all our political leaders,

On 26 May 2017, over 250 delegates gathered at the First Nations Convention and issued the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Following the Government’s announcement that they will increase penalties for young people who commit crimes and crack down on bail, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today called on the Government to ensure they put the human rights of children and young people in Victoria’s justice system front and centre in any changes.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian Government’s response to the Access to Justice Review, which will help more Victorians access much needed legal assistance.

The Chairperson of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Board Ms Moana Weir welcomes today's announcement by Attorney General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Laurinda Gardner and Faddy Zouky to the Commission's Board. 

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today said the Commission for Children and Young People's Report into the use of isolation, separation and lockdowns in the Victorian youth justice system reveals an unacceptable use of isolation in breach of children's rights.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of the harm caused by discrimination on the basis of race, nationality and ethnicity and calls on us to redouble our efforts to reduce all forms of racial discrimination. Federal Government plans announced on this day to set a higher bar for complaints under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act send an unfortunate message to many culturally diverse groups that it should be more acceptable to offend, insult and humiliate on the basis of race and ethnicity.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the City of Melbourne's proposed changes to outlaw people camping in the city would make life harder for people sleeping rough in Melbourne, many of whom have already experienced discrimination.

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and all their achievements, reflect on the challenges women continue to face, and take actions to further the march towards gender equality in our homes, in our workplaces and in our broader community.

A recent Supreme Court decision shows how the Disability Access Bench Book, developed by the Judicial College of Victoria and the Commission, is helping people with disabilities receive effective access to justice.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:54

Human rights upheld as court dismisses appeal

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Court of Appeal’s confirmation today that the transfer of children from Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice and Remand Centres to Barwon Prison was unlawful.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 16:49

Victorian court upholds children’s human rights

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomed today’s Supreme Court finding that the transfer of children from Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice and Remand Centres to Barwon Prison was unlawful.

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