Implement the Human Rights Act in your agency

Leading agency: Justice and Attorney-General

Start date: February 2019

End date: December 2021

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:

  • Planning
  • 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


Get resources to prepare for and apply the Human Rights Act 2019.


See human rights training

Agencies involved

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Agriculture and Fisheries
Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs
Communities, Disability Services and Seniors
Electoral Commission Queensland
Employment, Small Business and Training
Environment and Science
Housing and Public Works
Inspector-General Emergency Management
Justice and Attorney-General
Legal Aid Queensland
Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Office of Industrial Relations
Premier and Cabinet
Public Safety Business Agency
Public Service Commission
Queensland Ambulance Service
Queensland Corrective Services
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Queensland Health
Queensland Human Rights Commission
Queensland Industrial Relations Commission
Queensland Police Service
Queensland Shared Services
Queensland State Archives
Queensland Treasury
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Transport and Main Roads

Key milestones

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.

Project phase



Name: Human Rights Unit


Supporting information

Find out more about human rights in Queensland and Australia.