Human Rights, Housing and Homelessness

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About the project

The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) came into effect on 1 January 2020 and requires the consideration of an individual’s human rights in the delivery of government services. This includes public services delivered by non-government providers.

QCOSS is partnering with the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy (DCHDE) and the housing and homelessness sector to highlight our commitment to human rights. The project aims to:

  • build understanding of the Act
  • increase confidence to work compatibly with the Act
  • support our sectors to use the Act for person-centred service delivery.

QCOSS is delivering a range of engagement activities to support the housing and homelessness sector to act compatibly with the Act and increase human rights literacy.

How to get involved

Discussion forum on The Deck

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The Deck is hosting an online forum where participants can discuss a monthly case study and practice working through the human rights consideration framework in a range of the housing and homelessness related scenarios.

Working through case studies is one of the most useful ways to unpack how the Act can be used to make decisions, and we will be working through a new case each month.

Join the discussion

Resources introducing the Act

We’ve compiled a suite of handy links and resources on the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 from across governmental and statutory bodies.

Access the Resources

Keep up to date with the Community of Practice

QCOSS is establishing a Community of Practice on Human Rights, Housing and Homelessness to provide the sector with an opportunity to build knowledge, share perspectives, and support best practice approaches to implementing the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld). Participants will be able to share ideas and discuss any issues that arise during service provision or operation.

To get involved in the Community of Practice and stay up to date with events and resources please leave your details below.

Register for an event

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Follow the journey of our Human Rights Champions

QCOSS is currently selecting a number of Human Rights Champions from across the housing and homelessness sector to join fellow champions from the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. We will be following their journeys as they build their human rights capability, sharing their insights and experiences along the way.

Access one-on-one support

Do you have a question about your obligations under the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) in a situation you are facing?

QCOSS and the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy have established a one-on-one support line for those providing housing and homelessness services.

If you work in the sector and would like to discuss how the Act applies to your work, please complete the form at the link below to receive a ​free support call from one of our QCOSS human rights specialists.

Access support

Leave your details and stay updated on this project

Throughout 2021 we will be sending out regular information linking you into the Human Rights, Housing and Homelessness Community of Practice.

As a Community of Practice member you will be sent project resources, event invitations and regular summaries of key conversations as we unpack housing and homelessness focused human rights topics throughout the project.


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