For public entities

Public entities have obligations under the Human Rights Act 2019, to act and make decisions in a way that is compatible with human rights, and to give human rights proper consideration when making decisions.

Unsure if you're a public entity?

There's information here about what constitutes a public entity under the Act.

Looking for training?

We offer face-to-face and online training for public entities on the Human Rights Act. Check our training information for more details, or sign up to our training bulletin to receive updates to your inbox.

You can also watch our Human Rights Month Speaker Series videos online, featuring experts in various aspects of the Act. These were recorded in 2019 and aimed at helping public entities understand their obligations under the Act.

What does 'acting compatibly' with human rights mean?

There's a step by step process for assessing compatibility here, or more information in the resources below.

Downloadable resources for public entities


Poster: Queensland Human Rights Act summary (A3)

This A3 poster provides an overview of what is covered by each of the rights under the Act. It is a guide only, not the full wording of the legislation.


Poster: Acting compatibly with human rights (A3)

This A3 poster provides a step by step process in plain English for assessing acts and decisions for compatibility with human rights, as required of public entities under the Act. The content is identical to that provided on our website.


Public entity toolkit (A4, 54 pages)

'Queensland's Human Rights Act 2019: A guide for public entities' is a comprehensive guide to the obligations of public entities under the Act.

It includes an overview of each of the rights protected by the Act, practical ways to apply human rights in the workplace, information about complaints processes and remedies, and potential policy triggers.

Brochure: Acting compatibly with human rights: A guide for public entities (A6 folded, A4 flat)

This brochure has been developed to help public entity staff assess acts and decisions for compatibility with human rights, as per their obligations under the incoming Queensland Human Rights Act 2019.

The brochure is A6 size when folded and A4 flat. It includes a list of all the rights protected by the Act with a brief explanation of each one, with a step by step process for assessing for compatibility to ensure compliance with section 13 (as per the poster above).

To make this resource as useful as possible to departments and large NGOs, the Commission is offering to provide you with a print-ready file you can provide to your printing supplier, with your departmental human rights contact details inserted on the back cover alongside the Commission’s contact details.


Fact sheet kit: The Queensland Human Rights Act (A4, 67 pages)

This kit contains a fact sheet on each right protected under the Act, the role of parliament, the role of courts and tribunals, and what a public entity is under the Act.


Fact sheet: Rights protected under the Act (A4, 6 pages)

This fact sheet lists the 23 rights protected by the Act, and contains the exact wording from sections 15-37 of the legislation. No further information about the rights (for example, their scope or any relevant policy triggers) is included.