In 1993 the World Conference on Human Rights recommended that 

each State consider the desirability of drawing up a national action plan identifying steps whereby that State would improve the promotion and protection of human rights.

This was a result of an initiative by Australia, and was a concept principally developed by Mr Bill Barker of the Australian Attorney-General's Department. Australia was the first nation to develop a Human Rights Action Plan.

Australia's Human Rights Action Plans

UN guidance material

  • Handbook (PDF) issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

See also attached MS Word version