The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 is due to commence on 4 January 2012, having recently received Royal Assent.
Passed through Parliament on 25 November, the new legislation has been introduced to protect and promote human rights in Australia.
The Act is also aimed at improving parliamentary scrutiny of legislation for consistency with Australia's human rights obligations through two measures: requiring that all new bills and disallowable legislation instruments be accompanied by an assessment of compatibility with human rights, and establishing a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.
"The Act will make positive contributions to the lives of our fellow Australians. They will sharpen our focus on standards which promote freedom, respect, equality, dignity and a fair go for all," said Attorney-General Robert McClelland.
The Government also released an exposure draft of Australia's new National Human Rights Action Plan this month, seeking feedback from the community. Consultations on the draft plan close on 29 February 2012.