Human Rights Scrutiny

Human Rights legislation in several Australian jurisdictions includes a requirement for parliament to scrutinise proposed legislation for compatibility with human rights.


In the ACT, the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety fulfills this function including tabling regular reports examining Bills after they are presented.

The ACT Parliamentary Counsel, which drafts legislation, has also developed resources on ACT legislation.


The relevant committee in the Australian Parliament, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, has developed resources regarding scrutinising legislation:

Similarly, the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department provides resources on assessing proposals against human rights: