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Queensland now has a Human Rights Act.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Bill 2018 passed last week. The Act will entrench 23 human rights in legislation.


The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland will be rebranded as the Queensland Human Rights Commission.


The objectives of Queensland’s Human Rights Act are to:

  • establish and consolidate statutory protections for certain human rights;
  • ensure that public functions are exercised in a way that is compatible with human rights;
  • promote a dialogue about the nature, meaning and scope of human rights; and
  • rename and empower the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland as the Queensland Human Rights Commission to:
    1. provide a dispute resolution process for dealing with human rights complaints; and
    2. promote an understanding, acceptance and public discussion of human rights.


The Act won’t come into force and effect until it receives royal assent.


Businesses should review their policies to ensure they comply with the new legislation.