Monash Says No to Racism

 'Racism - It Stops With Me' logo

Monash Council supports the 'Racism - It Stops With Me' campaign.

Run by the Australian Human Rights Commission, the campaign invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.

Monash was one of the first Victorian councils to support the campaign. This is fitting given our community is the third-most culturally diverse local government area in Victoria, after Greater Dandenong and Brimbank. Nearly half (49%) of Monash's population was born overseas, with 44.3% of Monash residents born in non-English-speaking countries.

The campaign aims to:

  • Ensure more Australians recognise racism is unacceptable in our community
  • Give more Australians the tools and resources to take practical action against racism
  • Empower individuals and organisations to prevent and respond effectively to racism

Report race or religious discrimination

You can report incidents of discrimination or racial/religious vilification directly to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission using the Community Reporting tool - incidents of race or religious discrimination.

Report Racism & Religious Attacks

Racial and religious attacks are a crime. Attacks include words, screaming, shouting, spitting, hitting, and pushing.

When should I report to the police?

If anyone is in immediate danger, a crime is currently occurring, or you require police attendance please call police on Triple Zero (000).

When there is no immediate danger:

  • report property damage motivated by prejudice (including graffiti or vandalism) up to $5000 by submitting an online report
  • report property damage motivated by prejudice for items of any value by calling our Police Assistance Line on 131 444
  • contact your local police station, or
  • submit an anonymous online report through the Crime Stoppers Victoria website, or call 1800 333 000.

If you think the event is motivated by prejudice, please contact police. They will investigate and determine if a crime has been committed.

Find out more about Prejudice Motivated Crime.

Report racism or religious discrimination in schools

The Victorian Department of Education has its own racism and religious discrimination reporting system for schools.

They encourage you to report incidents to your school if your child:

  • has been the target of religious, racial discrimination or abuse
  • has seen others experience racism or religious discrimination

Your school will take appropriate action and provide support.

You can also make a formal complaint about the incident to the school.

Find out more at Victorian Department of Education: Report racism or religious discrimination in schools