This year’s Human Rights Awards finalists includes the Charter Education Program, led by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Department of Justice and Regulation's Human Rights Unit.
One of the findings of the 2015 Review of the Charter Human Rights and Responsibilities was that human rights had been deprioritised. In response, The Department of Justice and Regulation funded the Human Rights Unit, in partnership with the Commission, to establish the Charter Education Program to educate Victorian public servants about human rights with the aim of strengthening Victoria’s human rights culture.
The program, which began in January 2017, provides customised education sessions to Victorian Government departments, agencies and local councils, supporting efforts to apply the Charter in day-to-day work across the sector.
Since then, more than five thousand public servants have benefited from tailored human rights education.
This year marks the first time that the Australian Human Rights Commission recognises 'government' as a stand-alone award category.
The Charter Education Program has been shortlisted for the award together with the City of Ballarat, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and Professor Peter Shergold.
Find out more about the Charter Education Program