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Annual Report 2017-2018


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

Annual Report 2018-2019


Lecture celebrates 44 years since Race Discrimination Act

The 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture will see award-winning Australian author Thomas Keneally AO in conversation with SBS World News Presenter Janice Petersen.

Hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, this year’s event is entitled ‘The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer’.

The event, which takes place every year on 31 October, marks the anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act, introduced in 1975 by former federal Attorney-General the Hon. Kep Enderby QC.

e-Bulletin, 2 September 2019

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Senate file listing: 1 Jan 2019 - 30 June 2019

Monday 14 October, 2019

1 JANUARY 2019 – 30 JUNE 2019

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2019 Human Rights Awards – Early bird tickets on sale

Early bird tickets are now available for the 2019 Human Rights Awards, but this discount won’t last long! Get online now to secure your seat for the prestigious event.

Join the Australian Human Rights Commission as well as some of the country’s most outstanding human rights advocates for what is set to be an unforgettable luncheon at Sydney’s Westin Hotel on Friday, 13 December.