What are the rights and responsibilities of an Australian citizen?
Types of rights.
Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)
This graphic explains the different types of rights:
- Human rights – the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They can never be taken away.
- Social and economic rights – rights we need in order to live with dignity.
- Civil and political rights – rights we need to be able to participate in society as free and active citizens.
- freedom of movement and assembly
- freedom of speech
- right to protest
- freedom of religion
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Great question. Rights are a key principle of Australia’s democratic system of government. Our rights come from a range of sources, including international law, laws made by the Australian courts (common law) and laws made by the Australian Parliament (statute law).
Some of our rights include:
- Human rights, such as the right to life, work and safety
- Social and economic rights, such as healthcare and housing
- Civil and political rights, such as freedom of speech, assembly and religion
If you want to know about the responsibilities of Australian citizenship, take a look at the Department of Home Affairs information on being an Australian citizen.