Human rights become real when we all play our part and stand up to discrimination and unfair treatment, whatever it looks like and wherever we find it.
Human rights education aims to give people the information, skills and support they need to do just this and to bring about positive change in their communities.
In partnership with other organisations around the country, the Commission works to build greater understanding about what human rights are and how they apply to everyday life in Australia.
Under the Australian Government’s Human Rights Framework, we received funding over four years (2010-2014) to expand our community education and engagement role.
Our current work includes:
- promoting human rights education in schools through consultations on the development of a new national curriculum, as well as providing rightsED teaching resources to schools and human rights information for students
- developing new ways to get the Australian community involved in human rights discussions that move people to take action
- engaging with business and industry to promote human rights principles as an everyday part of their operations
- working with employers to build understanding of their legal responsibilities and put in place strategies to create discrimination-free workplaces
- supporting the national Play by the Rules program, which promotes inclusive, safe and fair sport.
We also continue our long-standing role to equip vulnerable groups with the knowledge and skills to advocate for solutions to the human rights issues they face.
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Find out how you can get involved in other parts of the Commission’s work and help make human rights a reality for everyone, everywhere, everyday.