2009 Media Release: A preview at Yarralumla before the New York premiere at the UN

Yajilarra, a film about a group of Aboriginal women from the small Western Australian town of Fitzroy Crossing and their determination to save the town from the scourge of alcohol abuse, domestic violence and foetal alcohol syndrome, will be...

Court decision demonstrates need for reparations scheme

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has called for a reparations scheme for Indigenous children forcibly removed from their parents under past Government policies, following a court ruling in the Northern Territory today.

HREOC media release: Statement by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on the Prime Minister’s call for a ‘new reconciliation’

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, has welcomed the comments overnight by the Prime Minister to strive for a ‘new reconciliation’.

HREOC welcomes Westpac commitments

Human Rights Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Disability Discrimination, Graeme Innes AM, today welcomed the release of Westpac"s 2006 Accessibility Action Plan which makes a number of new commitments to improving access to its service...

2009 Media Release: For people with a physical disability, it is time for a simple change that will provide equality in GP visits

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today called on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to ensure equality in access to medical care for people with a disability by making it mandatory for GP surgeries to have height...

Human Rights Commission welcomes UN Treaties Report

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission President Professor Alice Tay has welcomed the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Australia's Role in United Nations Reform.

HREOC media release: NSW Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill may breach human rights principles

Provisions of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill before the NSW Upper House today could amount to breaches of Australia’s human rights obligations, Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes and National Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma...

Accessible transport standards not yet law

However, due to a last-minute notice of motion to amend the Standards by Senator John Cherry (Australian Democrats) on behalf of Senator Lynne Alison the Standards have not become law today.

DARWIN FORUM: 10 years of Federal Disability Discrimination Laws - Achievements and Challenges

A forum, co-hosted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission, will be held on Tuesday 25 March at the Northern Territory University. The forum will discuss 10 years of achievements...


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr William Jonas, has welcomed the recently announced agreement between the Yorta Yorta people and Victorian Government.