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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.

Topics

Aboriginal Community Engagement Strategy

No one should have to endure racism in the place they call home

Reducing Racism hub

We have created this hub as a one-stop shop to help people understand and combat racism. It also hosts a range of digital resources for communities who experience racial or religion discrimination and vilification to access information about their rights and reporting options.

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

260

languages are spoken across Victoria.

Victorian Multicultural Commission

49.1%

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

Stories

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."

Related resources

Factsheet: Religious exceptions reform – Equal Opportunity Act 2010

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Address
Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton Victoria 3053

General enquiries
enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au

Reception
1300 891 848

Enquiry line
1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583

Interpreters
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.