Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Webinar on Queensland Human Rights Act

8 Sep

Presenter: Scott McDougall, Queensland Human Rights Commissioner

Chair: Narelle Bedford, Assistant Professor, Bond University

 The Queensland Chapter of the AIAL is conducting a webinar on the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 commencing at 5.30pm AEST.

The commencement of the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 on 1 January 2020 heralded a new era in public sector decision-making in Queensland, and the community has high expectations of a regime that obliges the three arms of government to consider people’s human rights when performing heir functions.

How do we achieve the Act’s objective of building a genuine human rights culture within the public sector? How can the Act make a real difference to the lives of those people most in need of human rights protection?

This presentation will address these questions and provide an overview of the Queensland Human Rights Commission’s plan for the successful implementation of the Act in Queensland.

Scott McDougall commenced as Queensland Human Rights Commissioner on 8 October 2018. Prior to his appointment he was the Director and Principal Solicitor at Caxton Legal Centre Inc. in Brisbane.
Since admission to legal practice in 1993 he has worked to empower individuals and communities through various means including litigation particularly in the areas of discrimination, native title, criminal law, guardianship and coronial inquiries.

Narelle Bedford is an Assistant Professor who teaches and researches Australian and Canadian Administrative Law in the Faculty of Law at Bond University. She is a committee member of the Queensland Chapter of the AIAL. Prior to entering academia, Narelle variously worked for the Administrative Review Council, tribunals, federal government departments and as a judge’s associate.

 Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020

Time: 5.30pm

Webinar via Zoom

The Queensland Chapter Annual General Meeting will be held immediately prior to the webinar for Queensland Chapter members. However, the webinar is open from 5.30pm to all members of the AIAL. Admission is free, bu t registration is required. 

CLE/CPD points are available if this webinar is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and practice of the law. Please contact your local law society for further details.

Please book via the TryBooking link below 


Inquiries can be directed to the AIAL Secretariat on 02 6290 1505 or at



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