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Queensland Human Rights Commission



The strength of the Human Rights Act 2019 is that it protects all people and therefore operates beyond the scope of protections associated with anti-discrimination laws.

The Queensland model of human rights protection promotes a dialogue between the three arms of government – the Executive, the Parliament and the Courts – helping to build a human rights culture across all three and within the broader community. The Act obliges public entities to treat everyone with dignity, fairness and respect and protects all people from arbitrary and excessive actions that could result in the loss of life, liberty, degrading treatment or unnecessary interference into our lives.

The Human Rights Act 2019 not only reflects Queensland’s public sector values and work, it compels us to act in a way that is compatible with human rights and to consider the impact on human rights when developing new laws, policies and procedures and when exercising a discretion in the performance of functions and services.

This guide has been developed as an introduction to the Human Rights Act for employees of public entities. It is intended to build an understanding of the Act and our obligations to consider human rights in the work we do.