Stop discrimination on the basis of homelessness and irrelevant criminal record
The current provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic) (EO Act) do not make it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of their homelessness. Law reform to include homelessness as an attribute under the EO Act is necessary to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community from unfair and unjust treatment.
The experience of discrimination is destructive for individuals experiencing homelessness and for society more generally. Discrimination can lead to and further entrench homelessness in cases where it prevents individuals from securing accommodation and accessing services. Discrimination can also lead to negative health consequences for individuals who feel anxiety, depression and a sense of loss of control as a result of being discriminated against.
For more information, visit http://pilch.org.au/Social_Status_Discrimination/
We, the undersigned, call on the Victorian Parliament to add 'homelessness' and 'irrelevant criminal record' as protected attributes under the Equal Opportunity Act 1995 (Vic).
The Stop discrimination on the basis of homelessness and irrelevant criminal record petition to Victorian Parliament was written by James Farrell and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.