January 3, 2020
New human rights legislation came into force in Queensland on January 1.
Acting Attorney-General Dr Anthony Lynham said the Human Rights Act 2019 meant public entities had a specific obligation to act and make decisions compatible with human rights.
“Queenslanders will no longer have to rely on a patchwork of protections when they believe their freedom, equality or dignity is being challenged by a public entity,” he said.
“Instead they will have access to a momentous piece of legislation – one that protects their human rights when interacting with public entities.
“This includes the State Government, Local Government, public service employees and other organisations performing public work.
“It’s a significant step towards a human rights-based approach to government planning, policy and service delivery.”
The Human Rights Act protects 23 human rights:
Dr Lynham said the newly established Queensland Human Rights Commission, which replaces the Anti-Discrimination Commission, would administer the Human Rights Act.
“The Queensland Human Rights Commission will also have the power to receive and conciliate human rights complaints,” he said.