Equal opportunity is a requirement under both Victorian and Commonwealth legislation. In Victoria, the key legislation which makes it unlawful to discriminate is the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)External Link .

Other relevant laws in Victoria are the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)External Link and the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic)External Link .

The Public Administration Act 2004 (Vic)External Link (the Act) outlines the values, employment principles and standards that apply to public officials and all public sector employers. Under this Act, the Victorian Public Sector Commissioner must promote the public sector values and principles and issue standards concerning the application of the principles. The principle of equal employment opportunity is a binding standard and should be read alongside equal employment opportunity guidelines issued by the Victorian Public Sector CommissionerExternal Link .

At the Commonwealth level, there is a range of legislation which provides for equal opportunity including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)External Link , the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)External Link , the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)External Link , the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth)External Link and the Age Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth)External Link .

Both Commonwealth and Victorian equal opportunity legislation apply to the Department as an employer and to Department employees.

Legal framework for Equal Opportunity

Reviewed 03 April 2020

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