Queensland’s Human Rights Act 2019 protects 23 human rights in law. The Act primarily protects civil and political rights drawn from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It also protects two rights drawn from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (right to education and health services) and one right drawn from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (property rights). The Act also explicitly protects the cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

It applies from 1 January 2020 and to acts and decisions made on or after that date. It is not retrospective.

Together with all state Department of Education staff, including teachers and principals, P&C members must respect, protect and promote 23 human rights and work in a way which is compatible with human rights.

Read the fact sheet for P&Cs.

Visit the Queensland Human Rights Commission website for detailed information.