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Victorian Charter of Human Rights

Human rights are the basic rights that belong to all of us just because we are human beings. They have been recognised around the world as the basic standards required for governments, societies and communities to operate in a respectful and peaceful manner.

Human rights are the foundation for freedom, justice, peace and respect, and are an essential part of any democratic and inclusive society that respects the rule of law, human dignity and equality.

Everyone has the same human rights: men, women, and children, rich and poor, and all nationalities and faiths. Human rights are about recognising and respecting the dignity of other people.


The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

The Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) is one simple but important law that sets out our freedoms, rights and responsibilities.

This formal recognition of our human rights protects people from injustice and allows everyone to participate in and contribute to society.

Greater Dandenong is committed to ensuring the charter is upheld through all levels of Council and their policies and decisions protect the political, civil and cultural rights of the local community.

Further information

Download 'Know your Right to Rights' booklet (PDF 1.44MB)

For more information visit www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au