We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home Portfolio Security & Justice Victoria’s charter losing its lustre for public servants
Text size :
PEOPLEMichael Brett Young
DEPARTMENTSVictoria Police, Vic Department of Justice and Regulation, Victorian Public Sector Commission, Vic Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
TAGS Victoria, Victorian Public Sector Commission, Victoria Police, Ethics, Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, Michael Brett Young, Victorian Secretaries Board, Vic Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
Who is Who
Read Related Content
For nearly a decade Victoria’s human rights charter has helped make human rights more central to the functions of the state’s public service. However, a recent “deprioritisation” of those obligations needs the intervention of the Secretaries Board, according to the latest review.
Although Victorian government agencies have been largely successful in creating a culture of human rights, the state appears to have dropped the ball more recently, according to a report on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities tabled in state parliament on Thursday.
Michael Brett Young
In March, shortly after assuming office the Andrews government appointed Michael Brett Young, former CEO of the Law Institute of Victoria, to lead the 2015 review of the charter, nine years after it was introduced by the Bracks government.
Handing down 52 recommendations on a range of issues, Young argued that while the Victorian Public Sector had had successes, there was more work to be done. “Over time, implementation of the charter has helped to build a greater consideration of and adherence to human rights principles by the public sector, parliament and the courts in key areas,” he said. “But this progress has stalled.”
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
David Donaldson is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He's previously written for The Guardian and Crikey and holds a masters in international relations.
Jim Miller has been appointed chair of Infrastructure Victoria. He indicated the body would consider environmental and social impacts, as well as economic arguments.
Queensland's Police Minister says an independent crime statistics agency is coming soon, as familiar claims hit the news about cops fudging the figures.