Human rights issues can crop up every day, for every one of us. As the human rights investigator for Victoria, the Victorian Ombudsman's office knows that human rights breaches do not only take place in war-torn dictatorships far from our peaceful shores.
Victoria has had human rights legislation since 2006, protecting 20 fundamental rights and freedoms, giving us a legacy we should be proud of. But all too often human rights are poorly understood both by the public agencies who are obliged to consider them and by the public they are intended to protect.
This casebook presents a snapshot of the thousands of matters involving people’s human rights seen by the Victorian Ombudsman's office each year. They illustrate the rights of children and families, kinship carers, injured workers, activists and prisoners, and of everyday Victorians. Their stories illustrate the reach of human rights in our society and their impact on decision-making, and the balancing act public agencies sometimes need to carry out to get it right.