Organisations/Bodies that Support Rights

Victorian Commission for Children and Young People

Principal Commissioner: Liana Buchanan
Aboriginal Commissioner: Meena Singh
The Commission promotes improvement in policies and practices that affect the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people.
Call 1300 782 978 9.30–11.30am and 2–4pm, M–F
Email –
Postal address – Level 18, 570 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent organisation that protects human rights, promotes fair treatment for all Victorians, and advocates for a diverse and inclusive state. Direct support is also available for First Nationals peoples. Victorian Human Rights Commissioner: Ro Allen

Call 1300 292 153

Provide information about equal opportunity and human rights
Provide education and consultancy to create fairer organisations
Help resolve complaints
Carry out research and investigations to address systemic discrimination
Advocate for stronger laws, and monitor and enforce existing legislation

Email –
Address: Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton Victoria 3053

National Youth Commission Australia

The National Youth Commission Australia (NYCA) is an independent, non-partisan community inquiry into the challenges faced by young people preparing for and seeking work now and into the future.

Call (03) 9965 4911

Build and draw on existing evidence, peoples expertise and lived experience, and ideas for solutions to challenges being faced by young people
Educate the community about these issues and solutions by publishing articles and discussion papers
Advocate for an ecosystem of education, employment and transition to independence that will see all young people equipped and supported to fully participate in work

Email –
Postal address – 1/29 Tinning Street Brunswick, VIC 3056

Victorian Multicultural Commission

The VMC engages with multicultural and multifaith groups to understand the issues they face and works to identify and recommend potential solutions to government, policymakers and community organisations to make public services more inclusive and accessible. Victorian Multicultural Commissioner: Vivienne Nguyen

Call (03) 9651 5901

Run regional advisory councils
Make submissions to government
Produce roundtable and research reports

Email –
Postal address – GPO Box 4698, Melbourne VIC 3001

Koorie Youth Council Victoria

KYC is the representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Victoria.

Call (03) 9267 3707

Community engagement
Advocacy to government and community to advance the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
Provide listing of support services

Postal address – 2/235 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

United Nations

The United Nations is an international organisation founded in 1945. Currently made up of 193 Member States, the UN and its work are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

United Nations Human Rights - Office of the High Commissioner

Volker Türk of Austria is the current High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in November 1989. The Convention came into force on 2 September 1990.

Victorian Ombudsman

The Victoria Ombudsman’s office promotes fairness, integrity and respect for human rights. They hold the Victorian public sector accountable to the people of Victoria.

contact: 1800 806 314 (between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Telephone Interpreter 131 450

Deaf or hearing impaired users 133 677 then 1800 806 314

Note: The Ombudsman’s office at 570 Bourke St, Melbourne is closed to the public, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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