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Our strategy and priorities

The idea of human rights speaks to the heart of what it is to be a fair, safe and inclusive community. But they are made real and given consequences through our laws, policies and structures. Our work is underpinned by a detailed strategy that identifies our priority projects for the years ahead.

Strategic plan

In 2017, we implemented our five-year Strategic Plan, Upholding human rights close to home. This plan will guide our work from 2017 to 2022, to achieve our vision for a fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where everyone is respected and treated with dignity.

Our plan draws inspiration from the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who championed human rights at a universal level but explained that without action to uphold human rights at the places close to home – our communities, our workplaces, our sporting clubs, and through government decisions and policy – “we will look in vain for progress in the wider world.”

This plan sets the direction for our work towards achieving our long-term goals: for human rights to be central to law and policy development, for people to value and stand up for human rights, and for institutions across sectors to champion human rights and develop, adopt and drive leading practice.

Based on research and feedback from our many stakeholders we will also focus on four key areas that will help create enduring change. These are:

  • Embedding a human rights culture
  • Improving workplace equality
  • Protecting human rights in closed environments
  • Reducing racism.

Download our 2017-22 Strategic Plan below.

Business plan

To put our Strategic Plan into action, we develop an annual Business Plan for the year ahead.

Our Business Plan for 2020-22 details the projects and initiatives we’ll undertake to progress the the priority areas identified in our Strategic Plan.

These priorities were set based on how we can best contribute to the change we want to see, taking into account our mandate, expertise and current community needs.

Download our 2020-22 Business Plan below.

Business Plan 2020-22


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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and recognises their culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land.

We acknowledge that the Commission is on the land of the Kulin Nation and pay our respects to Elders past and present.