Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC)
People wishing to enquire about or make a complaint of discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation, racial or religious vilification may contact VEOHRC. You can phone VEOHRC or live chat to someone via VEOHRC’s website (www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au). These services are available from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Complaints can also be lodged through VEOHRC’s website. VEOHRC has also published a Victorian discrimination law resource, Victorian Discrimination Law, that explains the Equal Opportunity A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act in detail and considers relevant Law based on the reasons judges have given for their decisions in court cases, and which judges in later, similar cases are bound to follow. Under the doctrine of precedent, lower courts, such as the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, are bound to follow relevant decisions of higher courts, such as the Supreme Court of Victoria. Case law is also called ‘common law’ and ‘judge-made law’.. This resource is available on VEOHRC’s website and at www.austlii.edu.au. For VEOHRC’s contact details, see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter.
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
Under the Equal Opportunity Act, you can choose to take your complaint to VEOHRC for dispute resolution or apply to VCAT for dispute resolution and to have your complaint heard in a public The time and place at which a court or tribunal hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision.. Applications to VCAT can be lodged online. For VCAT’s contact details, see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter.
Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
Complaints of racial, disability, age and sex discrimination under the Commonwealth Acts (listed above) should be made in writing. A complaint form is available on the AHRC’s website (www.humanrights.gov.au). For the AHRC’s contact details, see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter.
Fair Work Ombudsman
The Fair Work A public official appointed to investigate citizens’ complaints against government departments and statutory authorities. A specialised ombudsman resolves consumer complaints in a particular industry, for example the banking ombudsman for the banking industry. See also statutory authority. can provide information about options to pursue matters of employment discrimination action under the Fair Work Act. A translating and interpreting Formal delivery of legal documents to a person to tell them there are court proceedings against them which they must defend, or to make sure a witness in a case knows when they have to go to court to give evidence. is available by phoning 13 14 50. For the Fair Work Ombudsman’s contact details, see ‘Contacts’ at the end of this chapter.