• The Charter establishes a right for all persons in Victoria to hold an opinion without inference and to express themselves by seeking, receiving and imparting both information and ‘ideas of all kinds’.
  • Expression may occur orally, in writing, in print, by way of art or in another medium (for example sign language).
  • The right to freedom of expression applies to information and ideas sought, received and imparted in and outside Victoria.
  • As with all of the rights in the Charter, freedom of expression may be reasonably limited. In relation to s. 15, limitations or restrictions on the right may be permissible either because they satisfy the specific requirements of s. 15(3) or the general requirements of s. 7. Both sections are central provisions that will need to be considered whenever the right to freedom of expression is raised.