The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 sets out the freedoms, rights and responsibilities of all Victorians. It recognises that “all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.
Public bodies, including Victorian local councils, must observe human rights in relation to freedom, respect, equality and dignity as set out in the Victorian Charter of Human Rights. This encompasses all aspects of Council’s day-to-day operations including creating laws, developing polices and providing services.
Council is committed to the Charter being ‘front of mind’ at all levels of Council when delivering services or making decisions that impact the human rights of the community. As such, Council is actively reviewing its policies in the context of the Human Rights Charter.
Further information regarding human rights and a copy of the Victorian Human Rights Charter is available from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.