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Youth rights

Regardless of your age, everyone deserves fair treatment, but young people are often vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. In Victoria, it's against the law for people to treat you unfairly or bully you because of your age. Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities recognises that children have the same rights as adults with added protection according to their best interests. Children charged with committing a crime also have special rights in the criminal process.



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1 in 4

young people have experienced unfair treatment or discrimination due to their sex, race or cultural background and age

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Faiza's story

"When my manager started to bring up photos he’d seen of me or comments I’d made online, well, that’s when I started to feel uncomfortable. He was an OK guy, but he was way older than me and it just felt like a real power imbalance."

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