Queensland's new Human Rights Act and the right to access health services

Claire E Brolan
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50558
Published online: 30 March 2020

Inclusion of the right to health in Queensland's Human Rights Act is historic but not without challenge

In February 2019, the Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Act 2019, which took effect on 1 January 2020. Its introduction makes Queensland the third Australian jurisdiction to implement human rights legislation, after the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria in 2004 and 2006, respectively. While the Queensland Act is based on a model of rights legislation broadly consistent with the Victorian and ACT models, it differs in its inclusion of the right to health services (section 37):

  • Claire E Brolan

  • Centre for Policy Futures, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD



My 3‐year position at the University of Queensland (UQ) is funded by a UQ Development Research Fellowship Award. I thank Lisa Herron from the UQ School of Public Health for her support in proofreading the draft manuscript and referencing support.

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