The ACT Human Rights Act 2004
- The ACT Human Rights Act 2004
- Explanatory memorandum to the ACT Human Rights Bill 2003 (PDF 1.22MB)
- Second reading speech 18 November 2003 (PDF 29KB)
- Report of the ACT Bill of Rights Consultative Committee: ‘Towards an ACT Human Rights Act,’ May 2003 (PDF 5.46MB).
Review of the ACT Human Rights Act 2004
- Report of the 12-month review of the Act, June 2006 (PDF 2.74MB)
- Discussion paper for the 12-month review of the Act, March 2006 (PDF 1.79MB).
Under Section 38 of the Human Rights Act 2004, the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee) must report to the Assembly on any human rights issues raised by Bills.
The Committee's reports are available for the 6th Assembly (8 December 2004, completed 18 October 2008) and for the 7th Assembly (9 December 2008, ongoing). We have summarised the Committee's comments (PDF 2.66MB) on human rights issues and the government responses for the 6th Assembly.
Statements of Reasons
Section 37 of the Human Rights Act 2004 requires each government Bill introduced in the Legislative Assembly to be accompanied by a Statement of Compatibility by the Attorney-General. Each statement is available online with its associated Bill, at the ACT Legislation Register website.
Under Section 40D of the Human Rights Act 2004, a private sector organisation that would not otherwise be bound by the duty to comply with human rights may request the Attorney-General to declare it subject to the obligations of a public authority under the Human Rights Act.
The organisations that have chosen to opt-in to the Human Rights Act are:
- Companion House Incorporated (PDF 15KB)
- Centre for Australian Ethical Research (PDF 15KB)
- Women‘s Legal Centre (ACT and Region) Incorporated (PDF 16KB).