Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Overview

The Vic­to­rian Equal Oppor­tu­nity and Human Rights Com­mis­sion (“the Commission”) is an inde­pen­dent statu­tory body with respon­si­bil­i­ties under three laws:

How does it work?

Complaints may be filed in case of discrimination, sexual harassment and victimization or vilification. Complaints relating to a breach the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities is not handled by the Commission, but by the Victorian Ombudsman.

The Commission’s (free) services include:

  • a tele­phone Enquiry Line pro­vid­ing free infor­ma­tion on dis­crim­i­na­tion, victimization, sex­ual harass­ment, racial or reli­gious vil­i­fi­ca­tion, equal oppor­tu­nity and     the Char­ter of Human Rights and Respon­si­bil­i­ties (the Charter).
  • online deliv­ery of com­pre­hen­sive infor­ma­tion about the Equal Oppor­tu­nity Act 2010, the Racial and Reli­gious Tol­er­ance Act 2001 and the Char­ter of Human  Rights and Responsibilities
  • edu­ca­tion, train­ing and con­sul­tancy ser­vices on equal oppor­tu­nity and human rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties under the law
  • a free, fair and timely dis­pute res­o­lu­tion ser­vice for peo­ple who may have expe­ri­enced dis­crim­i­na­tion, sex­ual harass­ment, vil­i­fi­ca­tion or victimization
  • sem­i­nars that debate and explore issues and devel­op­ments in equal oppor­tu­nity and human rights law.

Complaints can be made in any language through the Enquiry Line, by emailweb chat or online

Complaints are resolved through conciliation, to help the complainant and respondent reach an agreement. The Commission does not have the power to make orders or award compensation.

Who can access it? 

Anyone with a complaint relating to discrimination, sexual harassment or racial and religious vilification can lodge a complaint. The Commission encourage complainants to try and resolve the matter

Outcome 

Out­comes may include:

  • an apol­ogy (ver­bal or writ­ten, pri­vate or more public)
  • finan­cial compensation
  • a job rein­state­ment or reference
  • access to a pre­vi­ously denied job oppor­tu­nity or service
  • an agree­ment to change or stop behaviour
  • an agree­ment to amend or develop policies
  • an agree­ment to under­take human resources and equal oppor­tu­nity train­ing.

Outcomes are confidential.

References 

Website of the Vic­to­rian Equal Oppor­tu­nity and Human Rights Com­mis­sion.

 

 

Last edited: 
April, 2013

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