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 contains 20 basic rights that promote and protect the values of freedom, respect, equality and dignity.

 Freedom

  • Right to freedom from forced work;
  • Right of freedom of movement;
  • Right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief;
  • Right to freedom of expression;
  • Right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association;
  • Property rights;
  • Right to liberty and security of person;
  • Right to a fair hearing;
  • Rights in criminal proceedings;
  • Right not to be tried and punished more than once; and
  • Retrospective criminal laws.
Respect
  • Right to life;
  • Right to 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
  • Right to take part in public life.
Dignity
  • Protection from torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment;
  • Right to privacy and reputation;
  • Right to humane treatment when deprived of liberty; and
  • Rights of children in the criminal process.

The Charter requires public authorities, such as Victorian state and local government departments and agencies, and people delivering services on behalf of government, to act consistently with the human rights in the Charter.

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

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