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Annual Report 2018-2019


COVID-19 information

Monday 30 March, 2020

The Australian Human Rights Commission is working to help safeguard the human rights of all people in our community.

National Information Service

Our National Information Service phone line and our Complaints function remain operational.

If you have concerns about discrimination or other breaches of human rights, we are ready to assist you.

Farewell to National Children's Commissioner

March 24, 2020

This week, staff at the Australian Human Rights Commission were planning to gather to farewell our colleague Megan Mitchell, who has finished her seven-year term as Australia’s inaugural National Children’s Commissioner.

While we had looked forward to celebrating Megan and her significant achievements as Commissioner, those celebrations have of course now been postponed and we look forward to gathering at a later date.

2018-2019 Senate Order for Entity Contracts Listing Relating to the Period 01 Jan 2019 to 31 December 2019

Thursday 6 February, 2020

Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts the following table sets out contracts entered into by the Australian Human Rights Commission which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which:

a. have not been fully performed as at 31 December 2019, or

b. which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 31 December 2019

Meet the 2019 Young People's Human Rights Medal finalists

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Hear from our Young People’s Human Rights Medal finalists whom we’re supporting and acknowledging at this year’s ceremony on 13 December 2019.

Tickets are available

Media statement: Use of force in immigration detention

Fourteen complaints about the use of force in immigration detention form the basis for a comprehensive thematic report by the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled in Parliament

The report considers the practices of handcuffing detainees, use of physical force within centres including arm and elbow locks, operations conducted by the Emergency Response Team (ERT), and the use of face masks.

More finalists are announced for this year’s Human Rights Awards

We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for our Government, Law, and Racism. It Stops With Me award categories.

These finalists were chosen from a large group of prestigious nominees and are committed to the promotion of human rights in areas ranging from LGBTQI+ rights, to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking.

Please see below for this year’s finalists:

Government Award

Armidale Regional Council