Discrimination and human rights is a complex area. Separate Commonwealth and state legislation sets out people’s rights and duties, and government agencies administer the law that protects people’s human rights and work rights in Victoria.


Melissa De Abreu

Senior Lawyer, Australian Human Rights Commission

Gabrielle Watson-Munro

Senior Legal Advisor, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

Discrimination and human rights: Contacts

Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
Tel (general enquiries): 1300 369 711
Tel (national information service): 1300 656 419 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 1.30 pm)
Email: infoservice@humanrights.gov.au
Web: https://humanrights.gov.au

Fair Work Ombudsman 
Melbourne office:
414 La Trobe Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 13 13 94
Web: www.fairwork.gov.au

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
Human Rights Division
Tel: 1300 018 228
Email: humanrights@vcat.vic.gov.au
Web: www.vcat.vic.gov.au

VCAT hears matters at venues throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria; see VCAT’s website for addresses.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission(VEOHRC)
Level 3, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 1300 292 153
Email: enquiries@veohrc.vic.gov.au
Web: www.humanrights.vic.gov.au

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