Preparing for the Act
With the operational stage of the Human Rights Act 2019 expected to come into effect on 1 January 2020, there is a lot to learn about what the Act means and who it applies to - so we've collected a list of our resources below to help.
For the community
Find out about what rights are protected under the Act, the role of parliament and of courts and tribunals, what a public entity is and the complaints process or download a combined kit of all our factsheets on the Act (PDF File, 824.0 KB) to print or read later.
Undertake an online training session on the Act through our website – it’s free and should only take about 25 minutes.
If you’re on the Sunshine Coast, there’s a free community conversation forum on the Act on 15 November.
For public entities
Our Public Entity Toolkit has been developed especially for public entities, to help you understand your obligations under the Act. It includes information on each of the rights protected by the Act, how to apply them in your work, handling complaints under the Act, policy triggers for consideration, and lessons from other jurisdictions. You can download your copy from our website (PDF File, 6.0 MB) .
Download your poster guide to acting compatibly with human rights (PDF File, 2.2 MB) and your poster about the rights protected by the Act (PDF File, 881.1 KB) from our website.
Register for our online training module, ‘Public entities and the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019’ – it takes around 60 minutes to complete at a time that is convenient for you. It’s $5 per user or you can contact our training team for an annual subscription price for your workforce: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend our Human Rights Month Speaker Series sessions on aspects of the Human Rights Act:
- Wednesday 13 November: What is the right to education?
- Thursday 21 November: Understanding the impact of Queensland’s Human Rights Act.
- Thursday 28 November: Cultural rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Tuesday 3 December: Freedom of religion and freedom of expression: Balancing rights.
Specific to community organisations
Free information sessions are being held in locations across Queensland for non-government organisations, co-hosted by QCOSS, the Queensland Government and the QHRC. Locations, dates, and course content are available on the QCOSS website.
Legal Aid Queensland, the QHRC, and Community Legal Centres Queensland co-hosted a webinar for community organisations in September titled ‘Queensland’s new Human Rights Act: what it means for your organisation and your clients.’ The webinar was recorded and is available to view online.
Specific to the public service
The Queensland Government’s Human Rights Portal contains information for the public service on understanding and applying human rights, as well as training specifically for the public service.