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

  • 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

  • Friday, November 21, 2014: Goode v Common Equity Housing (Supreme Court)

    This case was on appeal from an order made in the Tribunal that dismissed Ms Goode's application against Common Equity Housing and allegations of prohibited discrimination and breaches of the Charter. 

    ... Read More

  • Friday, October 3, 2014: Kerrison v Melbourne City Council (Occupy Melbourne case)

    This case was an appeal from the Muldoon decision by Justice North in the Federal Court.  North J found that the relevant Council provisions were valid and not incompatible with rights under the Charter.  The Full Court of the Federal Court... Read More

  • Sunday, June 15, 2014: DPP v Bryar (Supreme Court)

    In this case a judicial registrar found the accused guilty of a lesser offence than one charged.  The police informant sought review of this decision, but the Magistrate accepted a plea of autrefois convict (double jeopardy). 

    ... Read More

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014: VEOHRC 2013 Charter Report

    The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released its 2013 report on the operation of the Charter. 
    The report examines the way the Charter has been considered and applied in Victoria in 2013 and... Read More