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Human Rights for Queenslanders

The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) was passed by the Queensland government in February 2019. It seeks to protect 23 human rights, drawn from three international conventions. The Act officially commenced on 1 January 2020. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland has rolled out an implementation project to assist community legal centres to be Human Rights Act ready, which includes the development of an implementation toolkit, fact sheets, a webinar series and training. More details and links to helpful resources are below. 

Human Rights in your CLC

The first part of this project involved the development of a Human Rights Implementation Toolkit to assist community legal centres to operate in compliance with the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld). This includes embedding a human rights culture in the workplace, a review of policies, procedures and strategies, as well as continuous improvement.

The Toolkit is an evolving document and we would appreciate any feedback on different ideas and strategies that you are implementing in your community legal centre.


Community Legal Centres Queensland held a day of Human Rights training in March 2019, presented by human rights consultant, Ben Schokman. The training was aimed at front-line workers and focused on how the new laws can be used as an advocacy tool for clients and communities. The information included in the session and references to the source material can be found below, along with other human rights resources. 

We will be rolling out a comprehensive suite of webinar training and other materials in 2020. Scroll to the bottom of this page for links to webinar recordings completed to date.

Related webinars

What does a human rights-based approach mean for your organisation?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Best practice implementation of the Human Rights Act 2019 > more

Using the Human Rights Act to advocate for clients with a disability

Thursday, January 30, 2020
The HRA will provide another tool for advocates to use to protect and defend the rights of people with disability.  > more

Unlocking the Human Rights Act 2019 for your clients: the Right to Education

Friday, February 7, 2020
Timed to coincide with the start of the 2020 school year, this webinar uses the right to education as a practice example of how the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) can be used to bring cl > more

Identifying Human Rights Act Cases

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) commenced on 1 January 2020. Its impact is wide-ranging and community legal centres will see many clients who will benefit from its application. > more

Human rights at the Mental Health Review Tribunal: Advising and assisting people under involuntary orders

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (HRA 2019) contains a number of rights relevant for clients experiencing mental health issues, particularly those who may be subject to involuntary tre > more

Human Rights Act: The right to health in light of COVID-19

Thursday, November 26, 2020
Access to health services in the COVID-19 era: a review of the key challenges in Queensland   > more