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Aboriginal rights

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as our First Peoples and uphold your culture, history, diversity and deep connection to the land. We recognise the harm caused by race discrimination and vilification. It is against the law to treat you unfairly or bully you because you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. In Victoria our First Nations peoples also have special cultural rights under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

An Aboriginal woman laughs with her grandson in a kitchen.


Aboriginal Community Engagement Strategy

Key stats


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria

2016 Census


of children between 10 – 13 in prison in Australia are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.


Miriam's story

"I was put on a ‘compulsory treatment order’. It meant the hospital could give me whatever treatment they wanted, even if I didn’t want it. But even when you’re on getting treatment like that, you still have rights."

Related resources

Making transfer applications to the Koori court – a resource for lawyers and advocates


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 stands on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their cultures, histories, diversity and deep connection to this land and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Sovereignty has never been ceded – this land always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.