Global Employment Law
Significant Changes to Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010
On 15 April 2010, the Victorian Government passed the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Act). The substantive provisions of the Act commence on 1 August 2011. The Act introduces new obligations that will impact employers with Victorian or Australia-wide operations, including a new duty to eliminate discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation.
It also heralds a new era in complaint handling by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission by giving the powers to investigate discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation even without a complaint and to issue compliance notices to employers.
These changes may foreshadow the future trend of legislative changes in other states and territories across Australia.
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