Human rights certificates and compatibility statements

To comply with the Human Rights Act 2019, a member of Parliament must provide a Human rights statement of compatibility with any Bill they introduce in the Legislative Assembly (Parliament). They must provide a Human rights certificate with any subordinate legislation they table.

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A Human rights statement of compatibility states whether, in the opinion of the member introducing the Bill, it is compatible with human rights.

The member’s staff (for private members’ Bills) or departmental officers (for government Bills) prepare the statement.

Use the approved Human rights statement of compatibility template.

A Human rights certificate states whether, in the opinion of the responsible member for the subordinate legislation, it is compatible with human rights.

The administering department prepares the Human rights certificate.

Use the approved Human rights certificate template.

Use these published examples to help when you’re preparing a statement of compatibility.

Agriculture and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Right to education (section 36)
  • Freedom of expression (section 21)
  • Peaceful assembly and freedom of association (section 22).

Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Right to life (section 16)
  • Freedom from forced work (section 18)
  • Freedom of expression (section 21)
  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Right to a fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32).

Co-operatives National Law Bill

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Recognition and equality before the law (section 15)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Freedom of expression (section 21)
  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32)
  • Right not to be tried or punished more than once (section 34).

Corrective Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Recognition and equality before the law (section 15)
  • Protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (section 17)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief (section 20)
  • Freedom of expression (section 21)
  • Peaceful assembly and freedom of association (section 22)
  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Protection of families and children (section 26)
  • Cultural rights – generally (section 27)
  • Cultural rights – Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples (section 28)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Humane treatment when deprived of liberty (section 30)
  • Fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32)
  • Right not to be tried or punished more than once (section 34)
  • Retrospective criminal laws (section 35)
  • Right to health services (section 37)

Implementation of The Spit Master Plan Bill 2019

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)

Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Recognition and equality before the law (section 15)
  • Right to life (section 16)
  • Freedom of expression (section 21)
  • Peaceful assembly and freedom of association (section 22)
  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Cultural rights – Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples (section 28)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32)
  • Right not to be tried or punished more than once (section 34).

Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)

Public Health and Other Legislation (Public Health Emergency) Amendment Bill 2020

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Recognition and equality before the law (section 15)
  • Right to life (section 16)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief (section 20)
  • Freedom of expression (section 21)
  • Peaceful assembly and freedom of association (section 22)
  • Taking part in public life (section 23)
  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Protection of families (section 26(1))
  • Protection of children (section 26(2))
  • Cultural rights—generally (section 27)
  • Cultural rights —Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples (section 28)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Right to humane treatment when deprived of liberty (section 30)
  • Fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32)
  • Right to education (section 36)
  • Right to health services (section 37)

Public Health (Declared Public Health Emergencies) Amendment Bill 2020

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Property rights (section 24).

Transport and Other Legislation (Road Safety, Technology and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

The Human rights statement of compatibility addresses:

  • Fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32)
  • Right to life (section 16)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32)
  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)

Use these published examples to help when you’re preparing a human rights certificate.

Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Recognition and equality before the law (section 15) Freedom of association (section 22)
  • Taking part in public life (section 23)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Recognition and equality before the law (section 15)
  • Humane treatment when deprived of liberty (section 30)

Health Legislation Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Right to health services (section 37)

Heavy Vehicle National Legislation Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Freedom of movement (section 19)

Local Government (Change of Representation for Cloncurry Shire Council) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Taking part in public life (section 23)

Nature Conservation and Other Legislation (Koala Protection) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Property rights (section 24)
  • Cultural rights —Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples (section 28)

Nature Conservation (Protected Areas Management) (Great Sandy National Park) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Cultural rights —Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples (section 28)

Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Amendment Regulation (No. 1) 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Right to life (section 16)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)

Police Service Administration (Queensland Corrective Services) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Protection of families and children (section 26)
  • Right to life (section 16)

Proclamation—Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (commencing remaining provisions)

The subordinate legislation does not engage human rights.

Proclamation No. 1—Electoral and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (commencing certain provisions)

The subordinate legislation does not engage human rights.

Public Health (COVID-19) and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Protection from medical or scientific experimentation or treatment without consent (section 17)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Protection of families and children (section 26)
  • Right to education (section 36)

Public Health (Further Extension of Declared Public Health Emergency—Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)) Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Property rights (section 24).

Public Health (Extension of Declared Public Health Emergency—Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)) Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Privacy and reputation (section 25)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Property rights (section 24).

Public Health (Further Extension of Declared Public Health Emergency–Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)) Regulation (No. 2) 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Privacy and Reputation (section 25)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)
  • Right to liberty and security of person (section 29)
  • Property rights (section 24)

Public Trustee (Interest Rate) Amendment Regulation 2020

The subordinate legislation does not engage human rights.

Rural and Regional Adjustment (2019–2020 Extraordinary Bushfires Disaster Recovery Funding) Amendment Regulation 2020

The subordinate legislation does not engage human rights.

State Development and Public Works Organisation (New Performing Arts Venue) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Recognition and equality before the law (section 15)
  • Freedom of movement (section 19)

State Development and Public Works Organisation (State Development Areas) (Cairns South) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Property rights (section 24)

State Penalties Enforcement (Heavy Vehicle National Law) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Right to a fair hearing (section 31)
  • Rights in criminal proceedings (section 32)

Water (SEQ Bulk Suppliers and Bulk Water Customers) Amendment Regulation 2020

The Human rights certificate addresses:

  • Right to life (section 16)