At the very beginning of the Charter is the preamble; an introduction explaining the objectives for the Charter, this introduction recognises that ‘all people are born free and equal in dignity and human rights’, and outlines the principles on which the Charter Act is founded:

  • human rights are essential in a democratic and inclusive society that respects the rule of law, human dignity, equality and freedom;
  • human rights belong to all people without discrimination, and the diversity of the people of Victoria enhances our community;
  • human rights come with responsibilities and must be exercised in a way that respects the human rights of others;
  • human rights have a special importance for the Aboriginal people of Victoria, as descendants of Australia’s first people, with their diverse spiritual, social, cultural and economic relationship with their traditional lands and waters