There is no tolerance for racism in Australia

Melbourne, Victoria welcomes everyone!  There is no place in our community for racism or intolerance, on or off campus. In fact, it is against the law in Victoria to vilify someone because of their race or religion.  Any inappropriate behaviour should be reported to Victoria Police or the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Recently a group of students tested the Australian public’s reaction to public harassment against Muslims. What they found was inspiring – almost every person interfered to stop the attacks, check out the video below.

While it is not acceptable, unfortunately it can still take place and any inappropriate behaviour should be reported.

If you see racist material online:

·        Report it. Most social networking sites have policies for dealing with offensive content and allow users to report this material. More information is usually available on these sites under “guidelines”, “standards” or “terms of use”

·        Say something. Go to the Anti-Hate website to check out messages you can post in response to “haters” online

If you experience racism:

·        The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate and resolve complaints of race discrimination in areas including employment, education, sport, accommodation and the provision of goods and services. The complaints process is free and confidential. For more information go to the Complaints page. You can also check out their campaign Racism. It Stops With Me

·        Contact the Study Melbourne Student Centre either in person, by email or phone:

IN PERSON: Conveniently located near Southern Cross station, the Centre is easy to access. You can drop-in to the Centre without an appointment, however you are encouraged to call first to ensure a staff member is available. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm.
599 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000
1800 056 449 (free call from landline phones and this service runs 24 hours a day).

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