Charter of Human Rights

We are committed to ensuring compliance with human rights legislation and principles. We consider human rights to be the foundation for freedom, justice, peace and respect, and an essential part of a democratic and inclusive society that respects the rule of law, human dignity and equality.

Council including Councillors and its employees are bound by the provisions of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter). This includes ensuring we act compatibly with human rights in the delivery of services and when making decisions.

The Charter requires that all public authorities, including Councils, comply with the 20 specific rights protected under it. These broadly relate to four basic principles;

Freedom
  • Freedom from forced work;
  • Freedom of movement;
  • Freedom of thought, conscience, relation and belief;
  • Freedom of expression;
  • Right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association;
  • Property rights;
  • Rights to liberty and security of person;
  • Fair hearing;
  • Rights in criminal proceeding;
  • Right not to be tried and punished more than once; and
  • Protection from retrospective criminal laws.
Respect
  • Right to life;
  • Protection of families and children; and
  • Cultural rights, including recognition that human rights have a special importance for the Indigenous people of Victoria.
Equality
  • Recognition and equality before the law; and
  • Entitlement to participate in public life (including voting)
Dignity
  • Prohibition of torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment;
  • Protection of privacy and reputation;
  • Humane treatment when deprived of liberty; and
  • Appropriate treatment of children in the criminal process

We will ensure compliance with the above principles in our policies, procedures, processes, local laws, service provision, decision making, treatment of staff, use of resources and interactions with the community.

More information on the Charter

Australian Human Rights Commission

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Department of Justice and Regulation

Contact Us

Further information is available by contacting the Governance Unit on (03) 5018 8100.