The Commission has provided a submission to the Inquiry into a Legislated Spent Convictions Scheme to argue that the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) should be amended to add an attribute to prohibit discrimination on the basis of an irrelevant criminal record.
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.
In February 2019 the Commission made a submission to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, recommending acknowledging sexual harassment as a symptom of gender inequality, strengthening Victoria's legal framework for dealing with sexual harassment and investment in victim-centred complaints processes.
In January 2019 the Commission made a submission to the Royal Commission into Mental Health, recommending the inclusion of discrimination against people with mental illness and the role of Victoria’s equal opportunity and human rights laws in the terms of reference for the Royal Commission.
The Commission has made a submission to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, to inform it of the important framework that discrimination law provides regarding insurer conduct, specifically with respect to people with a disability.
In October 2018 the Commission provided a submission to the Gender Equality Bill exposure draft.
In September 2018 the Commission provided a submission to the second stage of the Australian Human Rights Commission consultation regarding the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) in Australia.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has provided a submission to assist the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee’s consideration of the Justice Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2018. The submission highlights potential human rights impacts that the Bill’s proposed reforms will have on children and vulnerable persons.
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.
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission's consultation on the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).
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