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Human Rights Unit

  • Phone 03 8684 0859
  • Fax 03 8684 7500
  • Street address Level 24
    121 Exhibition Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

The Department of Justice's Human Rights Unit is responsible for coordinating implementation of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter Act) and facilitating the development of a human rights culture across the Victorian Government.

The Human Rights Unit supports all government departments to comply with the Charter Act's requirements and to ensure that human rights are a key consideration in all areas of government decision-making and service delivery.

The role of the Human Rights Unit includes:

  • advising the Attorney-General on issues relating to the Charter Act
  • designing and delivering human rights training across government and to key agencies, targeting areas most affected by the Charter Act
  • developing guidance material, tools and processes to integrate human rights considerations into policy development, legislative proposals, decision making and service delivery
  • supporting all government departments to assess the human rights impacts of policy proposals, and advising on legislative compatibility with the Charter Act to promote consistency across government
  • coordinating review of the compatibility of legislation, policies and procedures with the Charter Act
  • raising awareness of the Charter Act and promoting commitment to human rights across the public sector

The Human Rights Unit is unable to provide legal advice to the public.

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The department acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of the land and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.