The Queensland Human Rights Act came into force on January 1st. Commencement of the Act means public entities have a specific obligation to act and make decisions compatible with human rights. An organisation or department is defined as a public entity if it delivers services on behalf of the Queensland Government. The Human Rights Act protects 23 human rights:
- recognition and equality before the law;
- right to life;
- protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
- freedom from forced
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posted on 13th Jan 2020
Queensland’s historic Human Rights Act will commence from 1 January 2020.
The Act is intended to protect and respect the freedom, equality and dignity of every person in Queensland.
The Act is also a vehicle to help deliver better services and support for all Queenslanders, especially for those experiencing vulnerabilities in our society.
It is important that we all understand the obligations the Act places both on Queensland Government departments and organisations that are delivering services on behalf of the … Read the rest
posted on 12th Dec 2019
It was Human Rights Month from 10 November to 10 December 2019. This annual campaign run by the Queensland Human Rights Commission highlights the importance of protecting and promoting human rights. This Human Rights Month focused on what the Human Rights Act will mean for Queensland.
There are a number of resources available for you to find out about:
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posted on 6th Dec 2019
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. … Read the rest
posted on 2nd Aug 2019
On 27 February 2019 the Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Bill.
The Human Rights Act 2019 will protect 23 rights, including the right to privacy, access to education and health services, cultural rights, and more, and is expected to commence on 1 January 2020.
The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland will be renamed the Queensland Human Rights Commission, and continue its complaints handling, education, and training functions under the Anti-Discrimination Act . The Commission will also work to resolve human rights … Read the rest
posted on 15th Mar 2019
“Older Queenslanders deserve to have their human rights upheld, be valued and respected in our society. Particularly those who may have declining health and cognitive abilities” said COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans.
So what is it?
A Human Rights Act is about the relationship between government and people. By introducing a Human Rights Act the Queensland Government is binding itself to a commitment to protect, respect and fulfil human rights.
Protections offered by a Human Rights Act will also … Read the rest
posted on 18th Feb 2019
The High Court handed down the decision to go ahead with a postal vote on same-sex marriage.
We have compiled this article to clarify what the survey is all about, and assist you to make a well-informed decision.
What are we voting on?
There has been a change in attitude towards same-sex marriage over the past decade and numerous calls to enact changes to the law that allow same-sex couples to be wed. Under the current legislation, the Marriage … Read the rest
posted on 11th Sep 2017
On the 6th of April, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin released the findings of the national consultation, ‘Shaping our Future: Discussions on Disability Rights’.
Between October 2016 and March 2017, Commissioner McEwin and his team conducted national consultations to help guide his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability.
Mr McEwin met with over 1,000 people in capital cities and regional centres … Read the rest
posted on 10th Jul 2017
All people – no matter their age, sex, colour, religion or where they live – have the same basic needs to live a healthy life. ...
posted on 10th Jul 2017