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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Free and Equal Conference

The Free and Equal conference is the centrepiece of a national conversation and once-in-a-decade event. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on Tuesday October 8.

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Legal Legal

BSWAT: temporary exemption

On 18 December 2015 the Commission granted a limited, conditional, temporary exemption to the Commonwealth and certain ADEs.
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Children's Children's Rights

Effects of family and domestic violence on children and young people

About this project In 2015 the National Children’s Commissioner conducted research and consultations on the impact of family and domestic violence on children and young people. The Commissioner’s investigation involved a series of expert roundtables, individual consultations and a submissions...
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Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Native Title

Native title is a property right which reflects a relationship to land which is the very foundation of Indigenous religion, culture and well-being. The non-discriminatory protection of native title is a recognised human right.
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Discrimination Age Discrimination

Elder abuse

Elder abuse has been defined by the World Health Organisation as 'a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which cases harm or distress to an older person'. Elder abuse can take various forms, including:...
Race Race Discrimination

Racial discrimination? Know your rights

The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) was a landmark in Australian race relations. It was a legislative expression of a new commitment to multiculturalism and it reflected the ratification by Australia of the International Covention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination . To...
Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Religious Freedom Roundtable

At the commencement of his term, the Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson conducted a national consultation on rights and responsibilities. The outcomes from this consultation are outlined in the Rights and Responsibilities Consultation Report 2015 , which is available at https://www.humanrights...
Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Deaths from family and domestic violence

Enhancing systems to support coronial investigations into domestic / family violence deaths Domestic and family violence homicides are devastating for families and communities. Almost every week in Australia one woman is killed by her current or former partner, often after a history of domestic...
Discrimination Sex Discrimination

A workplace issue and a discrimination issue

Domestic and family violence is a workplace issue. Having domestic/family violence as a new protected attribute in anti-discrimination legislation can provide another avenue of protection for victims and survivors who experience discrimination, as well as lead to improved measures for addressing...
Discrimination Sex Discrimination

International Cooperation on Women’s Rights and Domestic Violence

Women’s rights and addressing domestic violence feature prominently in the Commission’s international cooperation work. The China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program has been in operation since 1998 and is part of the formal human rights dialogue between the two countries. Under...
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Identity LGBTI

Trans, Gender Diverse & Intersex Participation in Australian Sports

In 2015, former Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, announced a national survey on the participation of transgender, gender diverse and intersex people in sport to ensure their rights are protected in the policies and practices of sporting codes. The results of the national survey informed the...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Magna Carta: The Story of Our Freedom

To mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Australian Human Rights Commission has created a series of online educational resources which explore the evolution of human rights since 1215 and the impact that Magna Carta has had on our human rights and freedoms in Australia. The digital...