19 April 2011 – Victorian Government announces Charter Review. The Victorian Government has announced a review of Victoria’s Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. A review is required by the Charter [s 44 (1)] and the terms of reference are wide-ranging. It includes possibilities for extending the scope of the Charter (outlined in s 44(2)), as well as the Charter’s effects on the drafting of legislation, the provision of services by the public service, Charter costs, benefits and options for improving and strengthening the Charter. The Government has appointed the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) to undertake the review and to submit a report by 1 October, 2011.
It is welcome that the Government is reviewing the operation and performance of the Charter. We look forward to a constructive process which engages with the community at a variety of levels and considers as a key measure how the Charter is affecting those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Public submissions close very soon – by 10 June. To make a submission email or write to: