The Commission continues to support and encourage local councils to understand and implement their obligations under the Charter. We do this in a number of ways, including:
- running local government forums
- launching the Everyday People Everyday Rights Toolkit
- reporting on the progress made by local councils
- reviewing local government programs and practices on request, to ensure they are compatible with the Charter
- providing tailored education and training to local councils.
Local government human rights forums
The Commission’s first local government forum was held in 2010. The forum highlighted the challenges, strategies and success stories associated with implementing the Charter for local councils.
In 2012, the Commission hosted four local government human rights forums in Melbourne (23 November), Wangaratta (28 November), Ararat (5 December) and Mildura (12 December). The forums brought local councils and peak bodies together to share ideas, identify good practice and discuss strategies to continue to progress human rights in local government.
Information and case studies from the forums will be available here soon.
The Commission has a free telephone Enquiry Line that provides information on the Charter, discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation, and racial or religious vilification.
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