Human rights are essential in a democratic and inclusive society that respects the rule of law.

Queensland's Human Rights Act 2019 aims to protect and promote human rights, and to help build a culture in the Queensland public sector that respects and promotes human rights.

The Human Rights Act 2019 intends to help promote a dialogue about the nature, meaning and scope of human rights.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission (ADCQ) was renamed the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) on 1 July 2019.

The Queensland Human Rights Commission acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and recognises their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land connection to the land, waters and seas of Queensland and the Torres Strait. 

What are human rights?

The Human Rights Act 2019 recognises that human rights must be exercised in a way that respects the human rights of others.

The Act allows rights to be limited, but only after careful consideration and only in a way that can be justified.

The Human Rights Act 2019 protects 23 human rights.

The Act explicitly recognises the special importance of human rights to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Queensland as Australia's first people and their distinctive and diverse spiritual, material and economic relationship with the lands, territories, waters and coastal seas. It also recognises the particular significance of the right to self-determination to Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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