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Final opportunity to nominate for the 2019 Human Rights Awards

It’s your last chance to get your nominations in for the prestigious 2019 Human Rights Awards!

The deadline for nominations will not be extended again, so nominations must be submitted by Monday 29 July to avoid missing out.

The Awards are an opportunity for the Australian Human Rights Commission to celebrate ordinary Australians who are extraordinary advocates for human rights.

Nominations Extended for 2019 Human Rights Awards

Human rights warriors, you are in luck! We have extended the deadline for nominations for the Human Rights Awards until Monday 29 July to give you the chance to put forward yourself, or someone you know, to be recognised as one of the greats of 2019.

We urge anyone who has been working to promote human rights in Australia, or who knows of an individual, organisation, or business that has been a champion in this area, to celebrate their achievements by nominating them in one of our nine awards categories:

Nominate now: 2019 Human Rights Awards

Do you or someone you know do great work in the human rights space? Now is the time to make sure the wonderful work of Australian individuals, communities, businesses and governments get the recognition they deserve by nominating for the 2019 Human Rights Awards.

We want to hear about those you think deserve to be applauded for their devotion to making Australia a better place and their commitment to ensuring our rights and freedoms are enjoyed by all, on an equal basis.

Nominations are NOW OPEN for all nine awards categories;

Nominations open for 2019 Human Rights Awards

Nominations are now open for our annual Human Rights Awards, a celebration of pre-eminent advocates for human rights in Australia.

We are seeking nominations across our nine awards categories: the Human Rights Medal; the Young People’s Human Rights Medal; the Law Award; the Business Award; the Community Organisation Award; the Government Award; the Media Award; the Racism. It Stops With Me Award; and the Tony Fitzgerald Community Individual Award.

Human Rights Awards 2019

The Human Rights Awards is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Australia. Each year we are proud to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms.

Previous winners of the Human Rights Medal include Chrissie Foster, the Hon. Justice McClellan, Johnathan Thurston, Pat Anderson, Peter Greste, Ian Thorpe, the Rt Hon. Malcom Fraser, Dorothy Hoddinott and Elizabeth Evatt.

Nominations for the 2019 Human Rights Awards closed on Monday 29 July 2019.

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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;

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.”

Human Rights Awards 2017

Thank you, Aunty Norma Ingram, for your very warm welcome to country. The Australian Human Rights Commission is honoured to be here today on the ancestral lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. I pay my respects to elders past, present and future and warmly welcome any Indigenous guests attending today.

Attorney-General and other very distinguished guests, Commissioners  all seven of you, award finalists, family, welcome all.

Johnathan Thurston wins Human Rights Commission medal

Johnathan Thurston has won the Australian Human Rights Commission’s prestigious 2017 Human Rights Medal.

Human Rights Commission President, Professor Rosalind Croucher, presented the medal to Mr Thurston at today’s Human Rights Awards ceremony. Over 500 people attended the event, including business and community leaders, lawyers, advocates, health professionals, teachers and human rights campaigners. 

“Johnathan Thurston is a superstar in the National Rugby League. He is also a role model to thousands of young Australians and a mentor to Indigenous students.