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Published: April 2022

Report discrimination

Renters often report that they have been discriminated against when applying for rental properties or during their rental agreement (lease). If you have been treated unfairly, such as racial discrimination, you can send a report to the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) protects your human rights, promotes fair treatment for all Victorians, and advocates for a diverse and inclusive state.

Community Reporting Tool

We understand that making a formal complaint can be stressful for some people.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission’s Community Reporting Tool allows you to make a report without having to go through a formal process.

If you want to, you can ask for someone at the commission to contact you for further information about your rights or how you can make a complaint using its free complaints service.

Even if you do not take further action the commission uses de-identified information from reports to advocate for stronger protections of peoples’ rights. Knowing the types of racism and discrimination Victorians are experiencing is vital for the commission’s work.

The Community Reporting Tool is at the bottom of this page.

Definition of discrimination

Discrimination occurs when you are treated less favourably because of what is termed a ‘protected characteristic’ such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission has more information about discrimination and protected characteristics on its website.

Renters' rights

Victoria’s legislation for renters, the Residential Tenancies Act, has strong protections against discrimination. We encourage renters to report discrimination to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally when renting or applying to rent.

Everyone should be able to feel safe and be treated with dignity in their accommodation. Rental providers (landlords) and others who offer accommodation have a legal responsibility to make sure that all staff and everyone who uses their services are treated fairly and with respect.

Report discrimination

Use the Community Reporting Tool form below to report unfair treatment to the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.

The form is hosted on our website from the commission’s website. The information you provide goes directly to the commission via the form. We do not retain any information on this website.

Report form

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