Thursday 25 August 2016


Sexual assault and harassment on campus

Kate Jenkins at the Respect. Now. Always launch

A nation-wide survey to assess the extent of sexual assault and sexual harassment of university students has been officially launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission and Universities Australia.
A representative sample of students from Australia’s 39 universities will be asked to participate in the survey, which is supported by the National Union of Students and the National Tertiary Education Union.
“This unique collaboration between Australia’s universities and the Australian Human Rights Commission is another important step to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment in Australia’s universities,” said Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs.
“It will also build on the important work of the National Union of Students in their ‘Talk About It’ survey released earlier this year.”

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Mick Gooda’s replacement

Mick Gooda, Gillian Triggs, Robynne Quiggin

President Gillian Triggs has been appointed as the Acting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for three months while a selection process is undertaken to fill the position.

Mick Gooda resigned to take up his appointment as one of two Commissioners at the Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory.

The Commission is pleased to announce Wiradjuri lawyer Robynne Quiggin will assist the President as Deputy Commissioner during this interim period.

Robynne has worked at the Commission previously and was most recently senior advisor to Mick Gooda. 


Awards Tickets on Sale

30 Years of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Tickets to the 2016 Human Rights Awards on Friday December 9 are now on sale.  We’ve opened up ticket sales earlier this year following last year’s extraordinarily high demand, with an all-time record for ticket sales.

The 2016 Awards also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Human Rights Commission. 

President Gillian Triggs will open the Awards, and the keynote will be given by former Governor-General and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Dame Quentin Bryce.

Nominations close in two weeks.  We need your help to ensure that a broad range of individuals, organisations and businesses are recognised for their contributions to human rights.

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International Youth Day

Boy talking in tin can toy phone

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell marked International Youth Day on 12 August 2016 by urging decision-makers to listen to, and take account of the views of children and young people.

“We cannot blindly hope that vulnerable children and young people will somehow find their way through a confusing and often scary world,” Commissioner Mitchell said.

In the past month alone, revelations about the treatment of children in Australian youth justice centres, offshore immigration detention facilities and child protection systems have highlighted ongoing abuse of children’s human rights.

“We need to ensure the rights we promise to children and young people under the Convention on the Rights of the Child are upheld.”

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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Business people brainstorming

The Commission and Human Rights Law Centre have submitted findings from a roundtable on  the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to the Federal Government.

The Guiding Principles provide a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human impacts linked to business activity.

In order to implement the Guiding Principles countries are encouraged to develop National Action Plans. To date, ten such Plans have been completed with a further 27 underway across the world.

In March, the Australian Government announced its intention to undertake a national consultation on implementing the Guiding Principles in Australia.

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