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Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Part 1

Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Part 1

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Title: Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
Author: Human Rights Unit, First edition, Victorian Government, Department of Justice, State of Victoria, Department of Justice, 2008.
ISBN 1921028483
Title: Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
Author: Human Rights Unit, First edition, Victorian Government, Department of Justice, State of Victoria, Department of Justice, 2008.
ISBN 1921028483

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CHARTER OF HUMAN RIGHTS ANDRESPONSIBILITIES
 
Guidelines orLegislation and PolicyOfcers in Victoria
 
First editionPublished by Human Rights UnitVictorian GovernmentDepartment o JusticeJuly 2008© Copyright State o Victoria,Department o Justice, 2008This publication is copyright. No part maybe reproduced by any process except inaccordance with the provisions o the
Copyright Act 1968
.ISBN 1921028483
 
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FOREwORD
It is with great pleasure that I introduce the
Charter Guidelines
, which will assist governmentdepartments with the development o policiesand programs that are consistent with humanrights standards.The Charter was passed by Parliament inJuly 2006. It reects the government’scommitment to uphold the civil and politicalrights o Victorians and take those rights intoconsideration in decision making.The Charter acknowledges that rights are notabsolute and can be reasonably limited. Themechanisms in the Charter provide an openand transparent way or government to balanceindividual rights against each other as wellas against other competing public interests.The
Charter Guidelines
were developed throughan extensive consultation and review processinvolving representatives rom each governmentdepartment, Chie Parliamentary Counsel, VictorianGovernment Solicitor’s Ofce, the Solicitor-Generaland other human rights experts.This important document explains the practicalapplication o the Charter or legal and policyofcers and identifes the content o the rightsthat are protected. I encourage policy ofcersand program managers to use the
Charter Guidelines
to help ensure that legislation, policiesand programs are developed consistently withthe Charter.The Charter now plays a key role in policydevelopment within government. Since 1 January2007, all new legislation has been developed withregard to the rights set out in the Charter and newlaws have required a statement o compatibility toadvise Parliament on whether a Bill is compatiblewith the Charter rights.Since 1 January 2008, the Charter has requiredcourts and tribunals to interpret laws consistentlywith human rights as ar as that is possible with theirpurpose. Public Authorities are also required to actin a way that is compatible with human rights.Finally, I acknowledge the work o the HumanRights Unit in the Department o Justice indeveloping the
Charter Guidelines,
which Ihope will make an important contribution to thedevelopment o a human rights culture acrossthe public sector.
THE HON. ROB HULLS MPDEPUTY PREMIER AND ATTORNEY-GENERALVICTORIA
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