Human rights law

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Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 protects 23 human rights in law.

The Act primarily protects civil and political rights drawn from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It also protects two rights drawn from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (right to education and health services) and one right drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (property rights). The Act also explicitly protects the cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Although the Act does not make international law part of our law in Queensland, it does make it clear that, when interpreting human rights, courts can consider international law.

The Act requires each arm of government to act compatibly with these human rights. This means that:

The Act makes it clear that rights can be limited, but only where it is reasonable and justifiable.

Read the Human Rights Act on the Queensland parliament website

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Timeline

Queensland’s Human Rights Act was passed by State Parliament in February 2019.

From 1 July 2019 the Act changed our name, from the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland to the Queensland Human Rights Commission. It also expanded our work protecting and promoting the rights of Queenslanders.

From 1 January 2020 the Act will require public entities to act compatibly with human rights.

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Making a complaint

From 1 January 2020, if your human rights have been limited by a public entity, you may be able to make a complaint with us at the Commission.

Complaints will only be able to be made for breaches that occur after 1 January 2020.

Find out more about our role and the complaints process

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The Human Rights Act protects:

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