On 27 February 2019, the Queensland Government passed Queensland’s Human Rights Act. The Government is now proceeding with the implementation of the Human Rights Act. The Act is expected to commence on 1 January 2020. The Department of Justice and Attorney General has established a Human Rights Unit, which will be primarily responsible for ensuring that government agencies understand their obligations under the Act.
As of July 1, the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland is known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission. They have a new website, logo and resources. It will work to resolve human rights complaints, as well as provide information, education, and training on the Act. Human rights complaints can be made from 1 January 2020.
What this means for the Community Sector
Many community organisations will be public entities according to the Human Rights Act and will have obligations under the Act. Many workers in community organisations will have a role identifying human rights issues and helping people to advocate using the Act as a framework.
COTA Queensland will provide further updates as developments occur.