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The ACT Human Rights Act 2004

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Review of the ACT Human Rights Act 2004

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Scrutiny reports

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 below. We have summarised the Committee's comments (PDF 2.66MB) on human rights issues and the government responses for the 6th Assembly.

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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.

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Opt-in provision

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:

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