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The Commission's role under the Charter

The Commission has two major roles under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

Firstly, we help people in Victoria understand the rights and freedoms set out in the Charter and what they can do to make them an everyday reality. To do this we:

Secondly, we provide a regular and independent assessment of the steps taken by the Victorian Government, local councils and other public authorities to meet their responsibilities under the Charter. To do this we:

We will also assist the Attorney-General with formal reviews of the Charter, the first of which was the four-year review held in 2011. The next review is due in 2015.

The Commission does not handle complaints related to the Charter. Charter complaints can be made to the Victorian Ombudsman in relation to most public authorities or to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission in relation to police misconduct.

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