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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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Identity LGBTI

Marriage equality

The Australian Human Rights Commission considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Position Paper Marriage equality in a changing...
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Race Race Discrimination

Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize 2017

Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize 2017 The Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize is an annual competition for school students aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people. Entries close 15 September 2017. Who can enter Students in Years 10 and 11 at...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth

Roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth On 31 October 2016 the Australian Human Rights Commission and KPMG co-hosted a roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth on 31 October 2016 in Sydney. The Roundtable built on the outcomes of the...
Federal Discrimination Law 2016
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Federal Discrimination Law 2016

Federal Discrimination Law is produced by the Commission’s legal section and provides an overview of the federal unlawful discrimination laws and examines the significant issues that have arisen in the federal unlawful discrimination cases. It also contains comprehensive tables of damages awards...
Children Rights Report
Children's Children's Rights

Children want a family free from violence

Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child gives to every child the absolute right to live free from all forms of violence, and requires protection for children who are exposed to and witness family and domestic violence. In 2015, the National Children’s Commissioner,...
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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...
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...
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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...
Rights & Responsibilities 2014
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Rights & Responsibilities 2014

The Human Rights Commissioner is conducting a national consultation about how well we currently protect people’s rights and freedoms in Australia.