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Racial and religious rights

Victoria’s rich cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a state. Our laws protect you from discrimination and vilification because of your race or your religion. No one should be treated unfairly because of where they come from, how they look or the language they speak. The Commission engages with people from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds to build a greater awareness of human rights and equality.


Aboriginal Community Engagement Strategy

How other laws protect your right to be yourself

Change or suppression (conversion) practices

It’s against the law for someone to try to change or suppress – or get you to change or suppress – your sexual orientation or gender identity, even if you ask for help to do so. Read more about these practices and how to make a report.

Key stats


languages are spoken across Victoria

Victorian Multicultural Commission


of Victorians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas


Abeeku's story

"The new owner said that our gigs attracted too many people from the African community and that he was worried about how their other patrons felt. I asked him if he was kidding. He said he wasn’t."

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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.