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, 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

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2011: SARC releases report on Charter Act review

    * International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

    * International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    * International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

    * Convention on the... Read More

  • * option 1 (agreed to by a minority of the Committee) would retain all of Part 3 of the Charter, subject to modifications recommended elsewhere in the report

    * option 2 (agreed to by a majority of the Committee) would retain only the... Read More

  • The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment on the application of the Charter in VCAT in the context of decision-making about public housing.

    The Court of Appeal, overturning Bell J's... Read More