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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Indigenous Defence Project

Defence has requested the Australian Human Rights Commission to complete a project on the attraction, recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Defence Australian Public Service (Defence APS).

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Identity LGBTI

SOGII Rights

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Intersex Rights Final report released 10 June 2015. Click here for the report Former Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, conducted consultations to explore key rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in...
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Children's Children's Rights

Statement of Intent on Children's Rights in Early Childhood Education and Care

In 2014, the National Children's Commissioner worked with Early Childhood Australia (ECA) to develop a Statement of Intent on Children’s Rights in Early Childhood Education and Care (Statement of Intent). The Statement of Intent identifies priority areas for action. It is a practical tool designed...
Discrimination Age Discrimination

Power of Oldness

Campaign highlighting the discrimination mature workers face when trying to gain or maintain jobs
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Race Race Discrimination

Casual racism FAQs

Download PDF Download Word What is casual racism? Casual racism is one form of racism. It refers to conduct involving negative stereotypes or prejudices about people on the basis of race, colour or ethnicity. Examples include jokes, off-handed comments, and exclusion of people from social situations...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Free Speech 2014

The Commission hosted a one-day symposium on free speech on Thursday 7th August 2014.
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Disability Disability Rights

Mobility Scooters in Registered Clubs

This paper aims to start a discussion about mobility scooters (scooters) and their use within and around Registered Clubs (the Clubs). It has been produced as part of a project initiated by a partnership between the RSL & Services Clubs and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Sexual Harassment. Know Where the Line Is.
Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Sexual Harassment. Know Where the Line Is.

For more information about Know Where the Line Is click here. Despite being outlawed for over 25 years, sexual harassment remains a problem in our workplaces. In fact, nearly one in five complaints received by the Australian Human Rights Commission under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) relate...
Race Race Discrimination

Cyber Racism

What is cyber-racism? Racism can take many forms, such as jokes or comments that cause offence or hurt; name-calling or verbal abuse; harassment or intimidation, or public commentary that inflames hostility towards certain groups. When racism takes place online it is known as cyber-racism. Cyber...
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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Overview of Commission’s past work on family and domestic violence

Since 2010, the Commission has prioritised freedom from violence, harassment and bullying as a work area. Recognising gender based violence against women as one of the most prevalent human rights abuses in Australia has been a key component of this work. The Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s 2010...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Freedom of Religion and Belief

Freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental human right protected by a number of international treaties and declarations, including article 18(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This right encompasses freedom of thought on all matters and the freedom to...