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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.

A man looks lovingly down at his young son.


Race discrimination

First Nations peoples rights

It is against the law to treat you unfairly or bully you because you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Racism resources for multicultural and multifaith audiences

We have information and resources to help you learn more about your rights relating to racism and discrimination.

Our services for First Nations peoples

This page includes information on how we can support you in speaking up, stories from other First Nations peoples and other services available.

How other laws protect your right to be yourself

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."

Factsheet: Religious exception reforms – Equal Opportunity Act 2010

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1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583

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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.