The Commission values the positive role that advocates and lawyers can play in conciliation. Advocates and lawyers can provide important support to parties, assist parties understand and articulate how they see the law applies to a complaint and advise parties on possible options to resolve the complaint.
Fact sheets for complaints lodged before 13 April 2017
There has been considerable public interest in the Commission’s complaint handling processes under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. There has been particular interest In the Commission’s handling of complaints under the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
In relation to the recent QUT case, it is a matter of public record that the Commission terminated this matter in August 2015. The Commission has had no role in the subsequent law suit in the Federal Circuit Court.
Each year the Commission undertakes roughly 1500 conciliations, and it’s a key function of the organisation.
Conciliation as part of the complaint process
Federal anti-discrimination and human rights law provides that people can make complaints to the Commission if they believe they have experienced discrimination or a violation of their human rights.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent third party which investigates complaints about discrimination and breaches of human rights.
This presentation in Auslan explains what you can complain about and how the complaint process works.