Human rights education and training

Human rights education in school

The Australian Human Rights Commission promotes and provides education and training which seeks to build a universal culture of human rights.

Our aim is to give people the knowledge and skills they need to understand their rights and to bring about positive change in their lives and in their communities.

Our work includes:

Human rights education in schools

  • Advocating for the inclusion of human rights in the national curriculum through submissions to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
  • Sharing human rights education resources for teachers linked to the national curriculum 
  • Providing information about human rights for school students
  • Enabling students to share human rights stories and to take action on issues they care about through our Something in Common program

Human rights education for the Australian Public Service

  • Coordinating and supporting the APS Human Rights Network Rights Network, which enables public servants to learn about and discuss human rights in an informal and collaborative environment

Human rights education in the Vocational Education and Training Sector

  • Embedding human rights education and skills in TAFE courses nationally
  • Piloting a human rights skill set in TAFE  
  • Developing resources and training that support teaching human rights  competencies nationally   

Human rights education in community settings  

  • Providing human rights education and advocacy resources for community  workers,

Human rights education for businesses

  • Working with employers to develop their understanding of their human rights responsibilities and put in place strategies to create discrimination-free workplaces
  • Providing human rights guidelines and factsheets for business available here.

Further information

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