The right to work and workers’ rights are now recognised in the ACT’s Human Rights Act 2004 after the ACT Legislative Assembly passed amendments to the Act on 7 May 2020. This is the second economic, social and cultural right to be enshrined in the HR Act (the first was the right to education).
The amendments include, for the first time, obligations for government to take reasonable steps to progressively realise these rights for the benefit of everyone. With up to a million Australians having recently lost their jobs or having had their hours cut, we welcome this move by the Assembly, which recognises the vital importance of work in our lives and in our communities.
See our factsheet for more information about these rights.