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Human Rights

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Human Rights are the basic rights that belong to all of us. These rights are recognised as the basic standards required for societies to operate in a respectful and peaceful manner.

10 December is Human Rights Day. This marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, back in 1948.

The declaration sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which men and women, all over the world, are entitled to. It has inspired many legally-binding international human rights laws. These includes:

Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

The Australian Human Rights Commission has a responsibility to monitor Australia’s performance in meeting its international human rights commitments.

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006 is a law which ensures that government and public authorities in Victoria consider people’s rights when developing laws, policies and delivering services.

What rights are protected in the Charter? 

The Charter protects 20 human rights across four key areas:

  • Freedom
  • Respect
  • Equality
  • Dignity

The Charter protects many of the basic rights that are not covered by criminal or civil law, for example, the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

How is the Charter relevant to us?

The Charter requires that governments, local councils and other public authorities comply with Charter rights and consider relevant Charter rights when they make decisions. 

It is important to us that you feel respected and receive equal treatment under the principles of the Charter.

All of our plans, policies and strategies should respect and uphold the human rights of our community.

Specific ones that seek to further enhance our community’s human rights include:

More information

For more information you can contact our Community Development team on 9243 8888.

You can also read about our service standards and complaints procedure.

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