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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 three human rights laws.

The 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.

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The 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.

Read more about the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act

The 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.

Read more about the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities