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.
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.