Human Rights Act – Applying The Lessons Learnt So Far


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Recommended CPD point allocation: 7 points (excluding WA).

The Human Rights Act 2019 has now been in operation in Queensland for 2 years.  Entitles from across the Queensland public sector are becoming increasingly more familiar with carrying human rights impact assessments when preparing new legislation, developing policies and making decisions.

After a slow start, there have been an increasing number of cases in Queensland Courts and Tribunals where human rights arguments have been made to challenge decisions by public entities.  This includes:

  • the recent landmark decision of Owen-D'Arcy v Chief Executive, Queensland Corrective Services [2021] QSC 273 where the Supreme Court found that two decisions relating to holding a prisoner in solitary confinement were unlawful on human rights grounds; and

  • decisions confirming the availability of human rights challenges to resource projects in the Land Court (Cement Australia (Exploration) Pty Ltd & Anor v East End Mine Action Group Inc & Anor (No 4) [2021] QLC 22).

There are also a range of cases currently in the Courts in Queensland and Victoria where it has been argued that vaccination mandates are not compatible with one or more human rights.

This workshop will present real life examples on how the Human Rights Act is impacting Queensland government entities and help you to develop the skills necessary to manage the risks. 

Who should attend our Human Rights Act workshop?

  • Anyone involved in developing legislation and policy for government or making decisions which potentially affect the human rights recognised by the Human Rights Act.

What we'll cover
  • Analysis of the latest cases and learnings from the implementation of the Human Rights Act and likely future trends

  • A review of the key rights relevant to the public sector, including the right to recognition and equality, privacy and reputation, protection of families and children and the right to health services and education

  • How to apply the rights to real life situations, including carrying out a proportionality analysis.


What you'll learn
  • We will cover the key takeaways from the recent cases which are that to reduce the risk of a successful human rights challenge, public entity decision-makers must:

    • be able to Identify all relevant human rights that may be impacted by the decision; and

    • provide cogent and persuasive documentary evidence to demonstrate that any limitation on a relevant human right is reasonable and justifiable.

Event Details
25 August
8.45am for 9.00am - 4:45pm
$1,415 per person
$1,276 per person if booking two weeks before the workshop
$1,206 per person if in a group of three or more 
Clayton Utz Brisbane
Level 28, 71 Eagle Street 
Further information:
Phone 1800 882 110
Email [email protected]

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Recommended CPD point allocation: 3 points (excluding WA).
If this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. Please contact your Professional Body for your state.