Human Rights Issues
Since its establishment in 1986, the Australian Human Rights Commission has undertaken work across a broad range of human rights issues in Australia.
The Commission has specific responsibilities regarding :
- human rights complaints
- discrimination against women
- disability rights and discrimination against people with a disability
- age discrimination
- race discrimination, and
- social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
From late 2012 the Commission's work on children’s rights will be enhanced with the addition of a Children's Commissioner
The Commission's human rights responsibilities also cover a wide range of other issues. Some of the areas that have been addressed include:
- business and human rights
- counter-terrorism and human rights
- discrimination on the basis of criminal record
- discrimination in employment
- freedom of religion
- lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex equality
- housing and homelessness
- immigration detention, asylum seekers and refugees
- the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT)
- prisoners' rights
- the right to vote
- the human rights of rural Australians.
This site features information on Commission projects undertaken since 1996. Major projects completed before that time may not be available in electronic format.