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Preventing practices: Education

We provide education and consultancy services to support organisations, groups, and individuals to better understand the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021. Understanding the law and what is prohibited is key to preventing harm and unlawful conduct.  

 

These services help identify prohibited conduct and practices, build capacity to prevent and respond to practices, change attitudes, and foster safer and more inclusive environments.  

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Services

Information briefing

This briefing will explore and explain the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 and is suitable for general awareness of the Act.

Free (registration is required)

We can design bespoke programs relevant to your circumstances, including plans to help you turn your ideas into actions.

Reports of change or suppression practices made to the Commission may result in an education program. Any costs for these services will be discussed during the facilitation process with both the reporter and party being reported.

Education for prevention

It is against the law to try to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, even if that person thinks they need help or asks for assistance.

Change or suppression practices are not supported by medical research and there is no evidence that sexual orientation or gender identity can be changed or suppressed. Not only do these practices not work, but they are also deeply harmful.

Supporting and affirming a person’s gender identity and sexual orientation is a positive way everyone can contribute to a safer and inclusive Victoria where all people feel welcome and valued and are able to live authentically and with pride.

People that engage in change or suppression conduct could be reported to us or to Victoria Police. Organisations may also be responsible for the unlawful conduct and practices of individuals within their organisation, unless they can show that they have taken reasonable precautions to prevent someone engaging in a change or suppression practice.

Prevention is the best way to get on the front foot and comply with the law.

Our expertise

We have more than 40 years’ experience delivering customised education on discrimination, human rights, and vilification laws in Victoria. This makes us uniquely positioned to provide authoritative and relevant programs.

We are guided by an evidence base drawn from our work in policy, research, complaints handling and legal interventions under equal opportunity and human rights laws in Victoria.

The full range of our education packages can be read on our education services page.

Contact us to discuss your needs or to book a session

Call us: 1300 292 153 (9am-4pm, weekdays). Email us: CSP@veohrc.vic.gov.au

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Address
Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton Victoria 3053

General enquiries
enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au

Reception
1300 891 848

Enquiry line
1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583

Interpreters
1300 152 494

NRS Voice Relay
1300 555 727 then use 1300 292 153

Media enquiries
0447 526 642

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.