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The department and its agencies work to protect and uphold the rights of all Victorians, inform and educate Victorians about their rights and responsibilities, and provide advocacy services.

Rights and responsibilities include the right to keep personal information private and the responsibility of ensuring a workplace is free of discrimination and harassment. Areas of legislation include freedom of information, privacy, human rights, equal opportunity, and consumer law.

Advocacy services aim to protect the rights of all Victorians and include specialist services to address specific community needs.  

Within the department's portfolio, organisations working to ensure compliance with the law  and protection of Victorians' rights include Consumer Affairs Victoria, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner and Office of the Public Advocate.

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Consumer (External link)

Victoria's consumer affairs regulator oversees the rights and responsibilities of businesses and consumers

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Privacy law regulates how personal information is obtained, used and disposed of

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Disability and mental health

Advocacy, services and support for people with a disability or mental illness

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Equal opportunity and human rights (External link)

Equal opportunity, sexual harassment, racial and religious vilification, and related dispute resolution

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Aboriginal Justice Agreement

A partnership between the Victorian Government and the Victorian Koori community to improve justice outcomes

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Freedom of information

How to request access to documents held by Department of Justice and Regulation business units

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Native title

History and legislation behind the recognition and protection of native title

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.