Victoria Paves the Way to Eliminating Discrimination
Australian Journal of Labour Law, Vol. 23, No. 4, p. 318, 2010
Posted: 23 Mar 2011
Date Written: March, 21 2011
In April 2010, the Victorian government passed long awaited amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 which come into force in August 2011. The changes result from a review conducted by former public advocate Julian Gardner. Gardner’s recommendations were aimed at strengthening the Act’s effectiveness at addressing systemic discrimination and promoting substantive equality. Consequently, the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) introduces unique mechanisms for addressing discrimination. This Note considers the amended definitions of discrimination and focuses on the modifications of the dispute resolution process, new measures to promote substantive equality, and changes to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s functions.
Keywords: equal opportunity, discrimination, ADR, Australia
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