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Administration of local government and human rights

The administrative arm of local government has an important role to play in implementing and promoting human rights in its day-to-day operations.

In particular, council staff need to consider human rights when they deliver services to, and engage with, the community.

By considering human rights, local councils not only comply with their legal obligations under the Charter but often improve service delivery too.

For this reason, it is important that human rights principles are embedded in all council operations, including policies and procedures, staff codes of conduct and position descriptions.

Many local councils have created guidelines for developing or reviewing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Charter and to build a human rights culture in local government and the community.

Local councils should also provide human rights education and training to staff to ensure that they understand their legal obligations under the Charter and have the necessary training and information to meet those obligations.

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