The position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner was created by the federal parliament in December 1992 – a response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the National Inquiry into Racist Violence. It was also a response to the extreme social and economic disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians.
Social justice is about making sure that every Australian – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – has choices about how they live and the means to make those choices. It also means recognising the distinctive rights that Indigenous Australians hold as the original peoples of this land.
The Commission's role includes reviewing the impact of laws and policies on Indigenous peoples, reporting on Indigenous social justice and native title issues and promoting an Indigenous perspective on issues. In addition, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner monitors the enjoyment and exercise of human rights for Indigenous Australians. The AHRC Act and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) require that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner produces an annual Social Justice and a Native Title Report. These reports are tabled in Parliament.
This work is led by Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.
- Invitation to launch of 2012 Social Justice and Native Title Reports - 30 Nov 2012 in Sydney. Please RSVP
- ‘Aboriginality’ is not a political football
(14 November 2012)
- 2012 Southgate Oration
Speech by Mick Gooda,
2 October 2012
- Constitutional reform to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution
- Close the Gap - Indigenous Health Equality
- Community Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Social Justice and Native Title Reports 2011
- National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
- Northern Territory National Emergency Response
- Australia's support of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples