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Finalists for 2018 Government Award revealed

Four finalists have been selected from a diverse range of nominations for the 2018 Human Rights Awards’ Government Award.

This year marks the first time our Awards recognise Government as a stand-alone category.

“There are many Government groups and individuals helping others overcome discrimination and isolation and building tolerance and respect in the community and further afield,” said Australian Human Rights Commission President, Professor Rosalind Croucher.

The finalists are;

‘Shylock and anti-semitism—reflections on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’


I begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet and pay my respect to the elders, past and present, and to acknowledge emerging community leaders of the Wadjuk people of the Nyungar nation and acknowledge any Indigenous guests attending today.

Senate file listing: 1 Jan 2018 - 30 June 2018

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Race politics is back

This opinion piece by the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Southphommasane was published by Fairfax media on August 6, 2018

Corporate Plan 2018-2019


Submission: Independent review of the Australian Public Service (2018)



1. The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service.

Racism. It Stops With Me Award. Nominate today!

The ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ award recognises organisations and individuals that have made an extraordinary contribution to reducing or preventing racism in Australia.

“We must continue to counter racism wherever it arises in our society,” said Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane. “We are proud to recognise some of the countless people across the country who are working in their communities, schools, clubs and workplaces to combat racial discrimination.”

2018 Human Rights Awards: Nominate a young person today!

Australia is lucky to have a wealth of young people who are making a real difference on human rights issues – from racism, mental health and Indigenous affairs, to sex discrimination, disability rights and LGBTIQ issues. Each year, the Young Person’s Medal recognises this amazing work. Last year’s medal went to Georgie Stone (pictured, centre), a transgender advocate who campaigned for laws to be changed to allow transgender children and their families access to treatment without Family Court approval.

Human Rights Awards 2018 – Nominations close soon!

2018 is a special year for the Human Rights Awards, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration underpins international human rights law and inspires us to work to ensure all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity.

Celebrating Women - Commissioners attend WOW Festival in Brisbane

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO have joined thousands of women in Brisbane at the Women of the World (WOW) Festival.

The three day event has brought together women from more than 20 Commonwealth Nations to discuss gender equality, leadership, social justice, diversity and more.

Commissioner Kate Jenkins joined a panel of speakers to highlight the issues facing one third of Australian women, who live in rural, regional and remote areas.