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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 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.

Read more about the Equal Opportunity Act

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

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

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.

Read more about the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act

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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.