Guidance Notes and resources

Guide to Human Rights

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights examines all Commonwealth legislation for compatibility with human rights. The Guide to Human Rights focuses on 25 of the key rights found in the seven international human rights treaties against which the committee considers questions of human rights compatibility.

The Guide is not intended to be comprehensive or legalistic. It is intended to complement other human rights sources, in particular guidance and resource material available on the Attorney-General's Department's website and the Australian Human Rights Commission's website. It is intended to provide a short and accessible overview of the key rights that the committee considers when examining legislation, includes examples to illustrate how each right can be applied in practice and points to other information and sources that may assist those seeking a more comprehensive analysis of the rights discussed.

Guidance Notes
Guidance Note 1 - Drafting statements of compatibility (PDF 502KB)
Guidance Note 2 - Offence provisions, civil penalties and human rights (PDF 467KB)
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