The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter) sets out 20 key human rights (External link). The government must comply with these in its treatment of all people in Victoria.

The Charter is based on the following principles:

  • Human rights are essential in a democratic and inclusive society that respects the rule of law, human dignity, equality and freedom.
  • Human rights belong to all people without discrimination, and the diversity of the people of Victoria enhances our community.
  • Human rights come with responsibilities and must be exercised in a way that respects the human rights of others.
  • Human rights have a special importance for the Aboriginal people of Victoria, as descendants of Australia’s first people, with their diverse spiritual, social and cultural and economic relationship with their traditional lands and waters.

You can download a PDF version of The Charter from the Victorian Law Today Library (External link), or visit the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (External link) website for more information.