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What is the Commission doing during COVID-19?

Rights Rights and Freedoms
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    Since the start of COVID-19, the Commission has advised the federal government, various committees and key organisations on a broad range of human rights topics including:

    • the privacy protections of the COVIDSafe App.
    • the gendered impact of the pandemic and economic response measures to address this
    • the mental health impacts on children.
    • measures to build social cohesion and combat the scourge of racism in the community.
    • the increased risk to older people of elder abuse and employment discrimination during COVID-19.
    • the vulnerability of people in immigration detention and of temporary visa holders in the community 
    • community solutions to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples safe, and
    • guidance for health and disability care providers for persons with disability.
    • Some of our Commissioners also take part in pandemic-related Committees: 
    • Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett is also a member of the federal government’s Advisory Committee on Health Emergency Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) for People with Disability. 
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar sits on the Kimberley Sustainable Regions Advisory Committee.