Engaging your local community on human rights

Councils all over Victoria have successfully engaged with their communities on a range of issues to share information and elicit opinions to inform and enhance government planning, decision making, service delivery and evaluation.

While not a specific obligation set out under the Charter, engaging your local community on human rights is an important first step in meeting your obligations set out in the Charter.

As with any community engagement, community engagement on human rights can provide you with wider perspectives, new information and creative solutions to improve decisions and services. It also provides the basis for productive relationships based on improved dialogue and deliberation, and ultimately, a healthier and more inclusive community.

Importantly, meaningful community engagement is essential for councils to identify and understand the human rights challenges faced by ratepayers,
residents, clients and service users and to consider how best to approach improved service delivery in line with the Charter obligations.