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Older people’s rights

Our community benefits in many ways from the experience and wisdom of older Victorians. Age isn’t a use-by date, and no-one should be treated unfairly because of how old they are. There are laws in Victoria to protect older people from discrimination and to ensure that everyone can contribute meaningfully to society. There are also special protections for people in aged-care facilities.

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Trish's story

"I couldn’t believe he said it; it made me feel so uncomfortable, like he was mocking my age. It also made me feel like the work I did and the contribution I made to our office wasn’t valued at all."

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Mature-age workers and the Equal Opportunity Act: Know your rights – May 2012


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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.