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:
How can I lodge a Human Rights Complaint?
In the event you feel that Council has acted incompatibly with your human rights, you can make a complaint to Council:
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.
The Queensland Human Rights Commission website provides information and resources about human rights and making human rights complaints. Access the Queensland Human Rights Commission website.
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