Welcome to the Victorian Government Human Rights Portal

The Human Rights Portal is a joint initiative of VGSO and the Human Rights Unit in DJR. 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).

In person training can also be provided to teams across the Victorian Public Service, in addition to the resources found on this site (see the information under the training tab above).

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 26, 2015: McKay v Taylor (County Court)

    This case concerned an appeal against a conviction and sentence in relation to a charge of refusing to accompany a police officer for breath analysis under s 55 of the Road Safety Act 1986. The Court found that there was no Charter jurisdiction,... Read More

  • 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