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Human rights

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The Department of Education celebrates human rights and supports the Queensland Government’s Human Rights Strategy (PDF, 126KB). Our everyday actions reflect the duties and protections enshrined within the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 (the Act).

The Queensland Human Rights Act 2019

The Act protects the freedom, equality and dignity of every person in Queensland. It protects the human rights of every person when they interact with the government, police, public hospitals, public schools and other organisations doing work for the Queensland Government. The Act puts people first by making sure the public sector thinks about human rights when they make decisions and deliver services.

Our commitment

We will create a stronger, fairer Queensland by respecting, protecting and promoting human rights in everything we do:

Respect—build a culture that respects, protects and promotes human rights in the Department of Education.

Protect—safeguard human rights through our everyday actions, decisions, services, and systems.

Promote—encourage a dialogue about human rights through education, resources and reporting.

Our approach

Our focus

  1. Define how our systems and culture currently protect and promote human rights.
  2. Strengthen the department's approach to human rights by lifting capability, awareness and accountability.
  3. Embed systems, structures and education that supports everybody to act and make decisions that are compatible with human rights.
  4. Sustain a culture that respects, protects and promotes human rights through review and continuous improvement.

Resources

Department of Education – Inclusive education
The Department of Education's inclusive education policy (PDF, 329KB) outlines our continuing journey towards a more inclusive system at policy and regional levels, and as part of our everyday practice in schools, educational settings and classrooms. Visit the inclusive education page for more information.

Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC)
The QHRC is an independent statuatory body working to promote human rights in a number of ways. Their role includes resolving human rights complaints, delivering training and promoting public discussion on human rights. The QHRC and the Commissioner have functions and powers under the Act.

Queensland Government human rights page
The Queensland Government is committed to human rights. Whole-of-Government human rights resources, tools and training opportunities are found on the Comply with the Human Rights Act page.

National Office for Child Safety
The National Office for Child Safety (the National Office) provides national leadership, working across governments and sectors, to deliver national policies and strategies to enhance children’s safety and reduce future harm to children.

Publications

Read our progress in developing a human rights culture in 2019–20 in the Department of Education’s response to the Queensland Human Rights Commissioner’s request for information, developing a human rights culture in the Department of Education (PDF, 636KB) (DOCX, 466KB).

Queensland’s Human Rights poster (A3) (PDF, 353KB) (DOCX, 100KB)

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Last updated 24 November 2020