Social justice is about securing fairness for all in the everyday issues of life. 

It means having access to safe and appropriate housing, an education that develops children’s potential and respects their culture, services that promote good health and opportunities for satisfying employment.

Social justice also means recognising the distinctive rights that Indigenous Australians - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - hold as the original peoples of this land.

The Commission keeps social justice issues before the Australian Government and promotes community understanding and respect for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Other important functions include:

The Commissioner consults with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, as well as non-Indigenous organisations, to get their views and expertise on different issues. 
They also participate in the development of international human rights standards relating to indigenous peoples.

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Find out how you can get involved in other parts of the Commission’s work and help make human rights a reality for everyone, everywhere, everyday.