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Human Rights and Equal Opportunity

Local government and human rights

Every day, local councils across the state engage with the diverse range of people who make up their communities – including children, families, people with disability, older people, migrants and refugees.  As a result, local councils play an important role in protecting and promoting human rights.

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (the Charter) sets out the basic rights, freedoms and responsibilities of all Victorians.

Under the Charter, local councils have a legal obligation to act compatibly with human rights in the way they go about their work and deliver their services.

In practice, this means that local councils must:

- give proper consideration to human rights when making decisions
- ensure that actions, policies and services are compatible with human rights
- interpret and apply local laws consistently with human rights
- ensure that people who work on their behalf do so in a way that respects human rights.

By understanding and promoting human rights, local councils can help build a culture of human rights in the community.

For more information on the Charter, please go to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website.

Equal Opportunity Act

Council is committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity and the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. We believe that our staff, volunteers and clients are entitled to be treated on the basis of merit and are able to work in an environment free of harassment and bullying. Council encourages the identification and elimination of discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation and their causes, and to promote and facilitate the progressive realisation of equality.

Accordingly, Council is committed to achieving Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Anti-Discrimination. All staff are entitled to access employment, promotion, training and the benefits of a working environment based on merit, that is, their skills, qualifications, abilities and work performance. Staff are informed of Council’s commitment to the principles of equal opportunity through its staff induction program, Code of Conduct, and regular awareness programs.

For more information on the Equal Opportunity Act, please visit the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission website.