The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (the Act) commenced operation in full on 1 January 2020. The Act consolidates various human rights that were protected under other legislation and the common law. There are 23 human rights including right to life, property rights, privacy and reputational rights, cultural rights and the right to freedom of expression.
The Act protects people’s human rights when they interact with Council and other public entities. Council needs to act compatibly with human rights when making decisions and providing services.
The main objectives of the Act are to:
Protect and promote human rights;
Help build a culture in the Queensland public sector that respects and promotes human rights; and
Help promote a dialogue about the nature, meaning and scope of human rights.
Ipswich City Council respects the inherent dignity and worth of all human beings and is committed to promoting the objectives of the Act.
(a) fails respond to your complaint after 45 business days; or
(b) responds to your complaint but you do not consider the response adequate you may make a complaint to the Human Rights Commissioner.
You may only make a complaint about an act or decision that occurred on or after 1 January 2020. If there are exceptional circumstances, the Human Rights Commissioner may accept your complaint before the 45 business days has elapsed. The Human Rights Commissioner may refuse to deal with your complaint if it is not made within one (1) year after the alleged contravention occurred.