Twilight Seminar - Scott McDougall, Commissioner

Making Rights Real – The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld)

Join us for a Twilight Seminar presented by Scott McDougall, Commissioner (Queensland Human Rights Commission).

Everybody is welcome, this event is free of charge and open to students, staff and community.


The commencement of the Human Rights Act 2019 on 1 January 2020 heralds 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 their 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.

About the Speaker

Scott McDougall commenced as 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.