Human rights are basic freedoms that belong to everyone regardless of their background, location, differences or beliefs. Merri-bek City Council's Human Rights Policy is based on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. This outlines 20 fundamental human rights that belong to all people in Victoria. The rights under the Charter come from international human rights treaties which Australia has joined.

Have a look at the current Merri-bek Human Rights Policy and other relevant documents using the links below. After you have viewed these documents, you can have your say at the bottom of the page.

  • Merri-bek City Council Human Rights Policy

    Council believes it is important that everyone in our community are supported to fully participate in community life and have a say in decisions that affect them. (DOC 572KB)

  • Gender Equality Act 2020

    The Gender Equality Act 2020 will improve workplace gender equality in the Victorian public sector, universities and local councils. The Act commenced on 31 March 2021.

    Further, Council is required to undertake Gender Impact Assessments (GIAs) when developing a new or reviewing any policy, program/infrastructure or service with a direct and significant impact on the public. The aim is to ensure fairer outcomes and to provide equitable access to opportunities and resources for all people.

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  • The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

    The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (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.

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  • Public Sector Human Rights

    The Victorian public sector is bound by laws that give guidance on how to make Victoria a safer, fairer and more inclusive state. These laws set out the rights and entitlements of the people of Victoria. They also identify the responsibilities of public authorities to protect and promote human rights, and eliminate discrimination, sexual harassment, and racial and religious vilification.

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