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Equal opportunity practice guidelines

The Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (the Act) allows the Commission to issue practice guidelines on any matter relating to the Act. These guidelines help organisations make sure they are meeting their legal obligations, and we consult widely to ensure that they are relevant and useful.


A court or tribunal may consider whether a person has complied with our guidelines when hearing a complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment, or any other unlawful conduct under the Equal Opportunity Act.

Authority of the guidelines

Equal opportunity practice guidelines are the authoritative and comprehensive guide to the law in Victoria, and best practice in preventing and responding to discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (the Act).

Guidelines are issued under section 148 of the Act. While they are not legally binding, they are authoritative – a court or the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal may consider whether employers have complied with our guidelines when hearing a case of discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.

The Act requires us to consult widely to ensure that the practice guidelines are relevant and useful for organisations.

Contact us

We welcome calls from organisations and employers who would like more information about how we can help them meet their obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act.

Contact our Enquiry Line on 1300 292 153 (10am–2pm, weekdays), or email

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Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton Victoria 3053

General enquiries

1300 891 848

Enquiry line
1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583

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 that we work on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We also work remotely and serve communities on the lands of other Traditional Custodians.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.