Implement the Human Rights Act in your agency
About the project
The Human Rights Act 2019 (the Act) protects fundamental human rights and will commence in its entirety from 1 January 2020.
Implementing the Act
The Act requires departments and public service employees to consider human rights in all decision making and interactions with the community.
Each department is responsible for preparing for the Act in their portfolio, with support from the Human Rights Unit (HRU) within the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. This includes the following activities:
- Communication and awareness
- Education and training
- Engaging with portfolio entities
- Reviewing existing legislation
- Reviewing existing policies, procedures and service delivery models
- Reviewing internal complaints processes
Human Rights Unit
The HRU is coordinating implementation of the Act in government.
The HRU will:
- support departments to prepare to meet their obligations under the Act
- provide information, resources and training material to help agencies implement the Act and communicate consistently
- conduct a whole-of-government internal communication campaign to raise awareness of the Act and our employee resources
- train policy and legislation officers to review policy and legislation for compatibility with human rights, and to draft new policy and legislation with consideration of the Act.
Human Rights Inter-Departmental Committee
A Human Rights Inter-Departmental Committee (HRIDC) has been established to:
- develop a consistent approach to implementing the Act across government
- oversee implementing the Act
- distribute resources.
Every government department has a representative on the committee.
Contact your HRIDC representative for more information on your department's implementation of the Act.
Check your agency intranet for your HRIDC representative or email the Human Rights Unit at HumanRightsUnit@justice.qld.gov.au.
Get resources to prepare for and apply the Human Rights Act 2019.
On 1 July 2019 the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland was renamed the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC), and began a communication and education campaign for the general public about human rights.
On 1 January 2020 the obligations for public entities, including Queensland Government agencies, public service employees and other organisations doing work on behalf of the government will commence. The QHRC will begin conciliating complaints, and reviewing public entity policy and procedures.
Name: Human Rights Unit
Find out more about human rights in Queensland and Australia.