Australia adds its human rights expertise to UN Council

Australia’s election to the United Nations Human Rights Council acknowledges the expertise and leadership Australia brings to international human rights, according to the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Rosalind Croucher.
Tuesday 17 October 2017

Powerful anti-racism message comes to a screen near you

 Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has brought the anti-racism message home, launching a set of advertisements for broadcast on national TV and for streaming to millions of desktop computers and hand-held devices around...
Thursday 5 October 2017

Proposed modern slavery legislation ‘a good first step’

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has welcomed a Federal Government proposal to legislate against modern slavery.Commissioner Santow said Government plans to require large businesses to report annually on their actions to address modern...
Wednesday 16 August 2017

New data shows widespread sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities

One in five (21%) students were sexually harassed in a university setting in 2016 and 1.6% of students were sexually assaulted in a university setting on at least one occasion in 2015 or 2016, according to a landmark report on sexual assault and...
Tuesday 1 August 2017

Photography competition open - prize worth $600

The Australian Human Rights Commission is once again running its photography competition, with a $600 prize up for grabs for the most outstanding image!For almost a decade, the Commission has been holding photo competitions every couple of years....
Wednesday 19 July 2017

Governments must end youth detention abuse

The Australian Human Rights Commission today expressed continuing and deep concern about the abuse of young people in detention.“The focus on punitive measures is failing young people. A much better approach is to focus on effective early...
Friday 7 July 2017

Commission welcomes new President

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the appointment of a new President to replace Professor Gillian Triggs, who departs at the end of July after a five-year term.The Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC today announced...
Tuesday 20 June 2017

Call to action – end elder abuse

To coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on all Australians to recognise the rights of older people and end the abuse and neglect so many of them face.The call comes as the Australian Law...
Thursday 15 June 2017

Awards nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Human Rights Awards, giving all Australians the opportunity to nominate individuals, organisations, businesses or community groups for their dedication to human rights.The eight Awards categories are:Human...
Friday 9 June 2017

Government urged to commit to Close the Gap priorities

The Close the Gap campaign calls on the Federal Government to prioritise Indigenous health in its May 2017 budget.The Campaign's 2017 Budget Position paper lists nine priorities that will help close the gap in health inequality for Aboriginal and...
Sunday 7 May 2017