What are human rights?

Human rights are basic entitlements that belong to every one of us, regardless of our background, where we live, what we look like, and what we think or believe. They are the cornerstone of fair, safe, strong and healthy communities where everybody can participate and be included.

The Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter) is part of the framework of Victorian laws that promote and protect human rights. It lays out the basic freedoms that belong to all Victorians, everywhere, at all times. It also sets down clear obligations that all public authorities, including local governments, must meet.

Encompassing both rights and responsibilities, the Charter lets people know about their rights, and asks local councils to take these rights into account to ensure fair and equal service for community members – your ratepayers and residents, clients and service users.