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The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 is a law that protects the human rights of all people in Victoria.

The Charter requires all public authorities and their employees to act compatibly with human rights in the delivery of services and when making decisions.

The City of Boroondara recognises and respects that everyone has the same human rights entitlement to allow them to participate in, and contribute to, society and our community. We recognise that all persons have equal rights in the provision of, and access to, Council services and facilities. We also recognise that, at times, such rights may be limited, insofar as to strike a balance between individual rights and the protection of public interest.

The Charter complements other laws such as Equal Opportunity legislation and protects basic rights such as freedom of speech, freedom from forced work and freedom from degrading treatment which previously had no legal protection. The Charter sets out a list of twenty rights that assist all people to live with freedom, respect, equality and dignity.

More information on the Charter:

Department of Justice website

Human Rights Commission website