Welcome to the Victorian Government Human Rights Portal

The Human Rights Portal is a joint initiative of VGSO and DOJ Human Rights Unit. It is designed to be a resource for Victorian Public Servants to enable you to fulfill your obligations under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (referred to as the Charter).

The site aims to provide extensive human rights information for government staff who need to develop or review policy and legislation or provide legal advice on Charter issues.

Human Rights Updates

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015: Fraser v Walker (County Court)

    This case was on appeal from the Magistrates Court and concerned a conviction of displaying obscene figures outside the East Melbourne Fertility Clinic. The judge found that when viewed objectively, the images displayed, in the context of a... Read More

  • Sunday, November 1, 2015: North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) v Northern Territory of Australia (High Court)

    In this case, the High Court of Australia upheld the validity of laws granting police in the Northern Territory new powers of post-arrest detention for infringement offences (known as 'paperless arrests' powers). The North Australian Aboriginal... Read More

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015: Bare v Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC)

    On 29 July 2015, the Court of Appeal, by majority, allowed an appeal by Nassir Bare against a decision of a single judge of the Supreme Court. The judge had upheld the original decision of the Director (Director) of the Office of Police Integrity... Read More

  • Wednesday, July 1, 2015: Charter Review 2015

    In March 2015, the Government appointed Michael Brett Young to lead the 2015 review of the Charter. Mr Brett Young's report was tabled in Parliament on 17 September 2015. The report makes recommendations to strengthen human rights culture and... Read More

  • Friday, June 26, 2015: Carolan v The Queen (Court of Appeal)

    This case concerned Mr Carolan, a serious sex offender, who was under an indefinite sentence of imprisonment. The Court of Appeal discharged the indefinite detention order, finding the County Court erred in placing Mr Carolan under this order.... Read More