Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Commissioner urges Government action on UN Declaration

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar, has urged the Federal Government to act on the recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Commissioner Oscar said the Government...
Tuesday 12 September 2017
Australian Human Rights Commission, free and equal

Human Rights Commissioner supports equality

The Australian Human Rights Commission encourages all eligible Australians to participate in the upcoming postal survey on marriage equality.Today’s High Court decision enables the postal survey to proceed. Australia's Human Rights Commissioner,...
Thursday 7 September 2017
Celebrating the marriage of Curtis Yee and John Berry

What the law allows: discrimination and the SDA

Discussions about marriage equality often lead to questions about anti-discrimination law and religious freedom. Here's how the Sex Discrimination Act currently balances religious freedom and protection from discrimination.It is generally unlawful...
Friday 1 September 2017

The Annual David Simmons Address

The Annual David Simmons Address - CHECK AGAINST DELIVERYAustralian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)Ageing and AdvocacyThursday 31 August 2017Event 3:00pm to 4:30pmSpeech start: 3:30pmSpeak for 45 min...
Thursday 31 August 2017
Wear it Purple group shot

Wear it Purple tells young people to feel safe and proud

The Australian Human Rights Commission today celebrates Wear it Purple Day in support of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said Wear it Purple sends an important message to young LGBTI...
Friday 25 August 2017
Bus Stop Films winner of 2016 Community Award

Community focus for Human Rights Awards: nominate now

For more than eight years, a small non-profit organisation called Bus Stop Films has helped build the life skills of people with an intellectual disability by making films for and about people from diverse backgrounds and abilities and offering...
Thursday 24 August 2017

How to respond to the upswing in racism

Where does hatred come from? And how must we respond? These are questions many have been asking during the past week.
Wednesday 23 August 2017

RightsTalk Aug 2017: Authors Rusty Young & Kelly B Nicholls

Introduced and hosted by Commission President, Emeritus Prof. Rosalind Croucher.Rusty Young is the author of the international bestseller 'Marching Powder', the true story of an English drug smuggler in Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro Prison. Rusty,...
Tuesday 22 August 2017
University students in lecture theatre

Setting the record straight: Change the Course

By Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate JenkinsRecently, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a landmark report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.The Change the course report came after years of work by...
Wednesday 16 August 2017

Proposed modern slavery legislation ‘a good first step’

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has welcomed a Federal Government proposal to legislate against modern slavery.Commissioner Santow said Government plans to require large businesses to report annually on their actions to address modern...
Wednesday 16 August 2017