Racism. It stops with me campaign

Research from 2011 shows that one in seven Australians say they have experienced discrimination because of their colour or background.

The 'Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign is an initiative of the National Anti-Racism Strategy launched by the Australian Government in August 2012.

Moreland City Council unanimously decided to endorse the this anti-racism campaign at a Council meeting on 8 May 2013.

Council has committed to prevent racism by pledging to undertake activities over the next 3 years in support of the campaign. 

Objectives of the National Anti-Racism Strategy are to:

  • create awareness of racism and how it affects individuals and the broader community
  • identify, promote and build on positive programs to prevent and reduce racism, and
  • empower communities and individuals to take action to prevent and reduce racism and to seek help when it occurs.

For information about the campaign and how to get involved, visit Racism - It Stops with Me or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.

What is bystander anti-racism?

Bystander anti-racism can be defined as 'Action taken by a person or persons (not directly involved as a target or perpetrator) to speak out about or to seek to engage others in responding (either directly or indirectly, immediately or at a later time) against interpersonal or systemic racism'.

Bystander anti-racism is not necessarily about directly confronting a perpetrator.

A range of actions are considered bystander anti-racism. 

Bystander Anti-Racism Training video

In June 2015, Moreland City Council ran Bystander Anti-Racism Training. This training covered interpersonal racism and its impacts, barriers to bystander action, the potential of bystander anti-racism and practical skills and tools to help people take action.

This video has captions you can turn on and off using the video controls.

 

Racial Discrimination Act 

In March 2014 the Federal Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, announced the Australian government’s draft amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

The proposed amendments included the repeal of Section 18C of the Act, which makes it unlawful for someone to publicly ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate’ a person or a group of people. The proposed legislation would also repeal sections 18B, 18D and 18E.

Council's submission

Council made a submission on the draft amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 opposing the proposed changes and advocating for the safeguarding of all existing protections against racial vilification to remain in place.

Download the Council submission on the Racism Discrimination Act changes (PDF 305Kb) or Council submission on the Racism Discrimination Act changes (DOC 204Kb) from 29 April 2014.

Anti-hate reporting and help

You can report hate online.

If you would like to take further action with any hate-related issue, contact one of the following organisations: 

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

The Commission provides an impartial, fast, flexible and free dispute resolution process to help people resolve discrimination complaints and racial and religious vilification.

This includes discrimination at work, in educational settings, when providing goods or services, accommodation, clubs, sports and local government. The Commission can also help in situations where behaviour incites or encourages hatred, serious contempt, revulsion or severe ridicule of another person or group because of their race or religion.

Enquiry line: 1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583
Hearing Impaired (TTY): 1300 289 621
Interpreters line: 1300 152 494
Email Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website 

Victoria Police

If you want to report a crime or incident, contact Victoria Police.

Crimes that motivate hate include:

  • physical assault
  • property damage
  • harassment
  • verbal or written abuse
  • threats
  • offensive graffiti

In case of an emergency, phone 000.

If you're a victim, please contact your local police station.

To find your nearest police station visit the Victoria Police website.

If you have information about a crime you can call Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000 or online at Crime Stoppers website. 

Victims Support Agency

A support service for victims of crime.

Enquiry line: 1800 819 817
TTY: (03) 8662 1730
Victoria Department of Justice

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid can help people who have experienced racial or religious hatred, discrimination or victimisation by providing legal information, advice and representation.

Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.15 pm
Phone: 9269 0120 or 1800 677 402 (country callers)
TTY/voice: 133 677 or 1800 555 677 (country callers)
SSR/speak and listen: 1300 555 727 or 1800 555 727 (country callers)

Removing discriminatory graffiti

To report and remove discriminatory graffiti, visit the graffiti page. 

Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA)

To make a complaint about something you have seen on television, heard on radio, or have seen online - contact ACMA.

Enquiry line: (03) 9963 6800
Fax: 9969 6899
TTY: 9963 6948
ACMA website