Human rights: everyone, everywhere, everyday
Leading the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia by:
- making human rights values part of everyday life and language;
- empowering all people to understand and exercise their human rights;
- working with individuals, community, business and government to inspire action;
- keeping government accountable to national and international human rights standards;
- securing an Australian charter of rights.
We do this by:
- listening, learning, communicating and educating;
- being open, expert, committed and impartial;
- fostering a collaborative, diverse, flexible, respectful and innovative workplace.
Our statutory responsibilities include:
- education and public awareness
- discrimination and human rights complaints
- human rights compliance
- policy and legislative development.
We do this through:
- resolving complaints of discrimination or breaches of human rights under federal laws
- holding public inquiries into human rights issues of national importance
- developing human rights education programs and resources for schools, workplaces and the community
- providing independent legal advice to assist courts in cases that involve human rights principles
- providing advice and submissions to parliaments and governments to develop laws, policies and programs
- undertaking and coordinating research into human rights and discrimination issues.
The Commission works closely with other national human rights institutions, particularly through the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, to address major human rights issues in the region.
We also undertake bilateral international activities as part of the Australian Government's development program run by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid). The most substantial of these is the Human Rights Technical Assistance Program, which is part of the annual Dialogue on Human Rights with China.
The Commission is a collegiate body made up of a President and six Commissioners. The seven positions are currently held by six people. The President is the chief executive officer.
Professor Gillian Triggs
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
The Hon Susan Ryan AO
Age Discrimination Commissioner
Graeme Innes AM
Disability Discrimination Commissioner
Dr Helen Szoke
Race Discrimination Commissioner
Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Find out more
- Brochure: The Australian Human Rights Commission
- Our agenda: Commission Workplan 2012-2013
- Strategic Plan 2011- 2014
- Hot topics
In this section you can also find:
- Speeches by the Commission's President and Commissioners
- The Commission's Annual Reports 1996 - 2010
- the annual Human Rights Awards
- Compliance reports
- FAQ about the Australian Human Rights Commission’s change of name and logo (8 September 2008)