Finalists announced – 2018 Human Rights Law Award

The five finalists for the 2018 Human Rights Awards’ Law Award have been selected, with two from Western Australia competing for the prize.“We have received the highest number of entries for the Law Award since the Human Rights Awards the awards...
Monday 15 October 2018

Statement by Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow

“The Commission will consider the Religious Freedom Review, and any proposals for reform, once the report is officially released.“Any law reform proposal must protect the rights of everyone in Australia.“The Commission made six recommendations to...
Wednesday 10 October 2018

Race Discrimination Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes Mr Chin Tan as the incoming Race Discrimination Commissioner.Mr Tan was most recently Director of Multicultural Engagement at Swinburne University in Melbourne.Prior to this Mr Tan was Chairperson and...
Friday 5 October 2018

Sexual harassment in Australian workplaces widespread and pervasive

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins will release new figures today that confirm people have told the Commission that sexual harassment is widespread and pervasive and has increased significantly from the last survey six years ago....
Wednesday 12 September 2018

Urgent call for seriously ill Nauru children to be transferred

The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on the Federal Government to urgently transfer any seriously unwell asylum seeker children – and their families – from Nauru to Australia.The Commission notes several recent cases where the Federal...
Wednesday 5 September 2018

Age Discrimination Commissioner explores elder abuse, homelessness in NT

Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner will visit the Northern Territory to explore the growing challenges of elder abuse and the increase in the number of older women at risk of homelessness.Dr Kay Patterson AO will travel through Darwin,...
Monday 27 August 2018

Current and former Social Justice Commissioners offer pathway forward on constitutional recognition

The current and all former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioners have come together to offer a pathway forward to achieve constitutional reform within the next five years.
Wednesday 22 August 2018

Australian Universities audited one year on from the landmark Change the course report

The Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted an audit of Australian Universities, to coincide with the one year anniversary of the landmark Change the course report into sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.The...
Wednesday 1 August 2018

National poll to give voice to Australian children

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell is calling on Australia’s youngest citizens to have their voices heard in the 2018 Children’s Rights Poll.The Poll was developed by the University of Melbourne and ABC’s Behind the News program, in...
Wednesday 25 July 2018

Protecting human rights in the era of artificial intelligence

The Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper released today marks the beginning of a major Australian Human Rights Commission project to protect the rights of Australians in a new era of technological change.
Tuesday 24 July 2018

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