The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter) is a law that protects the human rights of all people in Victoria. It is an ordinary Act of the Victorian Parliament and was given royal assent on 25 July 2006.

As an employee of the public sector, the Charter places legal responsibilities on your decision-making and obligations on your professional behaviour. This is not just a matter of compliance, but a commitment to a human rights culture within government.

The Charter will ensure that when current and future Victorian Governments make laws and deliver services, they do so with our civil and political rights in mind.

The Charter is also a statement about the values and principles of the Victorian community. The Human Rights Consultation Committee gathered community views through meetings and from 2,524 written submissions received.

The Charter follows the adoption of the Australian Capital Territory’s Human Rights Act (2004) and the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act (1998). Victoria based many of its Charter provisions on these earlier Acts.