The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter) is a Victorian law that sets out the basic rights, freedoms and responsibilities of all people in Victoria. It is about the relationship between government and the people it serves.
The Charter requires public authorities, such as Victorian state and local government departments and agencies, and people delivering services on behalf of government, to act consistently with the human rights in the Charter.
There are a total of 20 fundamental human rights protected in the Charter. The Victorian Parliament recognises that, as human beings, we have basic rights, including the right to be treated equally, to be safe from violence and abuse, to be part of a family and to have our privacy respected.
In certain circumstances, some rights may be limited. However, this must be necessary and reasonable and there must be clear reasons for the decision.
If you think your human rights have been breached by a public authority you should try to raise it with the authority first. If the matter cannot be resolved, you may be able to make a complaint to the Victorian Ombudsman. You can contact The Victorian Ombudsman for more information on (03) 9613 6222 or go to ombudsman.vic.gov.au. The Victorian Ombudsman does not generally handle complaints about police conduct. In situations involving possible police misconduct, you can contact the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission ('IBAC') on 1300 735 135 or go to ibac.vic.gov.au/.
Human rights may also be raised in complaints to other relevant complaint-handling bodies, for example the Disability Services Commissioner, the Health Services Commissioner or the Public Transport Ombudsman.
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