Queensland’s new Human Rights Act will protect 23 human rights from 1 January 2020 and will make Queensland the first Australian jurisdiction to protect cultural rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Examples of practicing culture include:
- maintaining and using Indigenous languages
- maintaining kinship ties
- Having freedom to teach cultural practices and education to children
- Having the right to maintain distinctive spiritual, material and economic relationships with land, water and other resources that there is a connection with under traditional laws and customs.
Other human rights enshrined in the Act include surround:
- health services
- criminal proceedings (including for children)
- protection of families and children.
The Queensland Human Rights Commission will continue to be responsible for administering the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, which covers areas such as:
- relationship status
- family responsibilities
Read more about the protection of cultural rights of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.