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

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014: Christian Youth Camps (CYC) v Cobaw Community Health Services (Court of Appeal)

    In this case, the Court of Appeal, by majority, dismissed CYC's appeal, finding that there was no error in VCAT's findings that:

    (i) there was discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

    (ii) neither of the exemptions directed... Read More

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014: DPP v JPH (Supreme Court)

    JPH is a serious sexual offender on a supervision order.  The DPP applied for a detention order (which has the effect of committing an offender to detention in prison for the period of the order). 

    ... Read More

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013: Paul Slattery v Manningham City Council (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal)

    In Slattery v Manningham City Council, Senior Member Nihill found that a declaration prohibiting Mr Slattery from attending any building owned, occupied or managed by the Maningham City Council constituted direct discrimination in the... Read More

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013: Muldoon v Melbourne City Council [2013] FCA 994 (1 October 2013)

    The Federal Court of Australia has handed down an important judgment.  For more information see the 'Resources' tab.

    The matter concerned the occupation of public gardens close to the centre of the City... Read More

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2013: Update

    In response to requests for assistance in preparing Human Rights Certificates for statutory rules and legislative instruments, the Human Rights Unit has developed a 'Guide to preparing Human Rights Certificates' for policy officers. The Guide can... Read More