Victoria’s human rights laws
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent organisation. Our role is to protect and promote human rights in Victoria. We do this through a range of functions and services under Victoria’s four human rights laws.
Equal Opportunity Act 2010
The Equal Opportunity Act protects you from discrimination. Under this Act, it’s against the law for people to treat you unfairly because of your personal characteristics, such as your age, your sex or a disability.
Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001
The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act protects you from vilification. Under this Act, it’s against the law for people to vilify you because of your race or religion.
Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) requires government and other public bodies to consider your human rights when making laws and providing services.
Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021
Change or suppression practices are harmful practices which seek to change or hide an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 bans change or suppression practices and provides a range of options for preventing and responding to these practices.