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The Victorian Government is seeking community feedback on how to strengthen its anti-vilification protections to better prevent and address hate speech and conduct.

Our public consultation on Engage Victoria (External link) is now open for submissions, with the first stage of the consultation closing at 5pm on Friday 8 September 2023.

Victoria’s rich diversity is one of our greatest strengths as a state. Hate and violence have no place in our community, and everyone has the right to feel safe in the place they call home.

Vilification is more commonly understood as hate speech or conduct. It is behaviour that encourages hatred against you because of who you are. This can include threats of violence – for example, writing graffiti that encourages violence against people who belong to a particular religious or ethnic group.

In Victoria, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 protects people from vilification because of their race and religion. However, people who are vilified for other reasons, such as their sexuality, gender identity and expression, sex characteristics, disability, and HIV/AIDS status, are not protected by these current laws. Vilification is different to discrimination and sexual harassment, which are covered by different laws.

Anti-vilification reform is a complex issue which will benefit from broad community feedback, especially from those who are most often impacted by vilification. Consultation will be phased throughout 2023 to allow time for communities to meaningfully contribute.

You can provide feedback through written submissions on detailed consultation papers or by responding to plain English surveys on Engage Victoria.

Translated content, interpreter support, and other communication access options are available. Please contact (External link) for further in-language information, telephone interpreters, and any other access needs.

Community feedback will be carefully considered to help inform any changes to the law following the Victorian government’s response (External link) to the parliamentary inquiry into anti-vilification protections (External link).

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