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This section contains information on legislation that relates to the multicultural affairs and citizenship portfolio.
Multicultural Victoria Act 2011
The Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 recognises in its preamble that one of the central tenets of multiculturalism is citizenship and that the expression citizenship is not limited to formal Australian citizenship, but refers to the rights and responsibilities of all people in a multicultural society.
The Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 came into effect on 1 September 2011.
Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities (the Charter) Act 2006 was passed in July 2006 and became fully operational on 1 January 2008. The Charter enshrines civil and political rights, and some cultural rights into Victorian law. Victoria is the first Australian state to enact formal protection of human rights by introducing a Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. The charter will ensure human rights are valued and protected within government and the community.
The Multicultural Victoria Act 2011 requires all Victorian Government departments to report annually on their achievements and initiatives in multicultural affairs, including their use of language services, multicultural communications and multicultural representation on government boards and committees.
Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001
The Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 14 June 2001 and came into effect on 1 January 2002. In June 2006, the Act was amended following consultation with the multifaith community.