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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission administers three pieces of legislation. They are The Equal Opportunity Act 1995, The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 and The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006. The Commission helps resolve disputes, provides education and conducts research.
It is not a tribunal or court, but helps people resolve complaints by mutual agreement.
The Office of the Public Advocate aims to promote the rights and dignity of people with disabilities, and to strengthen their position in society. OPA can investigate problems and, if necessary, use special authority to make enquiries on behalf of people with disabilities where there are fears for their safety or concerns about their interests.
VALiD (The Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc.)
VALID is a disability advocacy organisation committed to the vision of an Australian nation in which people with disability are empowered to exercise their rights – as human beings and as citizens – in accordance with the United Nations Declarations on Human Rights and the Rights of Disabled Persons.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal deals with discrimination and guardianship and administration.
The Disability Gateway has information
and services to help people with disability,
their family, friends and carers, to find
the support they need in Australia.
Call 1800 643 787
Or go to these links for more info about:
Vision Australia is a living partnership between people who are blind, sighted or have low vision. Its aim is that people who are blind or have low vision will have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose. It does this by developing practical solutions to everyday challenges to create exciting lifetime possibilities by providing comprehensive training and easy access to the world’s information.
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) is the peak organisation of the non-government social and community services sector. VCOSS raises awareness of the existence, causes and effects of poverty and inequality, and contributes to initiatives seeking to create a more just society.
Villamanta is a free statewide legal service that works on disability related legal issues.
Villamanta is committed to providing the best possible service and to making sure that Victorian people, who have a disability, know about the law, and use the law, to get their rights.
The Victorian Charter of Human Rights
The rights in the Human Rights Charter are listed below:
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Right to recognition and equality before the law (section 8)
Right to protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (section 10)
Right to freedom from forced work (section 11)
Right to freedom of movement (section 12)
Right to privacy and reputation (section 13)
Right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief (section 14)
Right to freedom of expression (section 15)
Right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association (section 16)
Right to protection of families and children (section 17)
Right to take part in public life (section 18)
Right to liberty and security of person (section 21)
Right to humane treatment when deprived of liberty (section 22)
Rights of children in the criminal process (section 23)
Right to a fair hearing (section 24)
Rights in criminal proceedings (section 25)
Right not to be tried or punished more than once (section 26)
DSCV’s purpose is to empower and assist the Victorian community to prevent and appropriately resolve issues, alleviate pressure on the judicial system and help the community to thrive.
To realise this vision, the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) provides free dispute resolution services across Victoria, as well as training and accrediting mediators to national standards.