C11 Human Rights Act 2004
The Human Rights Act 2004 commenced operation on 1 July 2004. Since then, public officials have been required to interpret agency-related legislation consistently with human rights unless Territory law clearly authorises otherwise.
Amendments to this Act came into force on 1 January 2009 and provided individuals with the right of action where human rights have been breached by a government agency.
The Human Rights Amendment Act 2012 introduced a right to education commencing on 1 January 2013.
Staff education, training and resources
Respect, Equity and Diversity Contact Officers (REDCOs) have been designated in each of the nine central office branches with more than 86 officers designated in schools and central office. REDCOs provide information and raise awareness among staff about bullying, harassment and discrimination. REDCOs also support staff who feel that they may be experiencing bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace. REDCOs participate in ongoing quarterly network meetings and training sessions.
The Directorate's Respect, Equity and Diversity (RED) Consultative Committee met quarterly during the reporting period to provide strategic advice on equity and diversity issues.
The Directorate is committed to reducing the risk of psychological injuries in the workplace as required under the ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Workplace Health and Safety Strategic Plan 2008-2012.
A number of initiatives were implemented to support human rights education for staff.
- Respectful Workplaces training: ongoing delivery of training for employees is a key part of the Directorate's commitment to workplace health and safety and implementation of the ACT Public Service RED Framework.
- Employee Complaints and Disputes Resolution Toolkit: the toolkit, which was published on the website in the previous reporting year, has been used extensively in all Directorate workplaces to assist in resolving workplace issues.
- Peer Conflict Management Coaching: The coaching continues to support employees to reach early resolution of conflict and disputes.
Liaison on human rights issues
The Directorate consults with the ACT Human Rights Commission, where relevant, in the preparation of cabinet submissions, including government submissions to the Legislative Assembly and in the development of new and amended legislation.
The ACT Human Rights Commission is an important external stakeholder and is consulted where policies and procedures that may have human rights implications are being reviewed or developed.
For more information contact:
Information, Communications and Governance
(02) 6205 9328