Reconciliation Victoria is committed to working towards a just and reconciled Victoria that is free from racial discrimination. We know that research from VicHealth found that the vast majority of Aboriginal Victorians experience racism regularly in shops, at school, at work or on public transport. The research found a strong correlation between these experiences and peoples’ level of psychological distress, which in turn can impact their health, education, employment and other areas of their lives.
Adam Goodes, 2014’s Australian of the Year stated in his acceptance speech, “I believe racism is a community issue which we all need to address and that's why racism stops with me. I'm not here to tell you what to think or how to act or raise your children. All I'm here to do is to tell you about my experiences and hope you choose to be aware of your actions and interactions so that together we can eliminate racism."
RecVic believes that all Australians should be able to live their lives free from discrimination, and as an organisation will continue to fight to address issues of racial discrimination. Freedom from discrimination will help support efforts to close the gaps in health and other outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians
News and Resources
In December 2016 Mission Australia released a report revealing that racial discrimination was one of the most significant issues concerning young people in Australia.
The biggest survey of its kind, the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2016 showed that for the record number of 22,000 15 to 19 year olds who took part, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination were the top two issues facing Australia today.
Worryingly, the report shows one in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people reported experiencing discrimination on the basis of race or cultural background. Half the young people surveyed had witnessed someone else being unfairly treated or discriminated against in the last twelve months. The discrimination they witnessed was most commonly on the basis of race/cultural background (58%) and sexuality (41%).
Reconciliation Victora made a presentation in 2014 at the June Local Reconciliation Group Forum in Shepparton. To view the presentation 'Racism: What we know, what our role is and the community engagement strategies around to help address racism' follow this link.
Professor Simon Rice OAM 'Why free speech comes at a price: reflections on race, civility and the law'.
Deakin University School of Law recently launched, in association with Sladen Legal, a new series of select Research Seminars with distinguished presenters. The series was launched on Thursday, 31 July 2014 at Deakin University.
Community Engagement Strategies: links and resources
There are some fantastic initiatives from different community groups, organisations and local government.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's Report:
'Reporting Racism: What you say matters'. This report completes the first stage of a multi-tiered project to raise awareness of racism in the community and to build capacity for victims and bystanders to report racism and vilification when they experience it. To read the full report, follow this link
Mental health impacts of racial discrimination in Victorian Aboriginal communities Report:
This research summary highlights the key findings of the Aboriginal Experiences of Racism survey undertaken in 2010-2011. The study was undertaken to ascertain the level of racism and its impacts on the mental health of Aboriginal Australians in these local government areas.
To read the full report, follow this link.
See Beyond Race campaign – part of LEAD project - featuring Shepparton locals - posters & TV ad (30 secs) -
Reducing race-based discrimination framework for action – hand out
Anti Racism Campaigns: