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

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Update

    See the 'Resources' tab for two significant Charter decisions handed down late 2012 - ... Read More

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2012: Government Response to Charter review tabled

  • The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment considering the right of access to legal aid as it relates to the right to a fair hearing under section 24 of the Charter, and the rights in criminal proceedings in s 25(2)(d) and (f) of the Charter... Read More

  • The Supreme Court has overturned the decision of the Magistrates’ Court to jail Mr Zakaria Taha, an intellectually disabled man, under section 160(1) of the Infringements Act 2006 (the Act) for his failure to pay $11,000... Read More

  • Friday, November 25, 2011: Passage of the Commonwealth Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010

     The Commonwealth Senate passed the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 on Friday 25 November.

    The Bill introduces a requirement for Statements of Compatibility (SOCs) to accompany all new... Read More

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