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Governments must urgently address youth justice crisis

The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on all Australian governments to urgently address the national crisis in youth justice to prevent further harm to children in detention, and to reduce youth offending through effective systems of support.

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Sex Discrimination

Support for workplaces to prevent and address sexual harassment

The Respect@Work Council, chaired by National Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, has launched a new website that will help employers prevent and respond to sexual harassment, and will support them to create gender inclusive, safe, and respectful workplaces. In an Australian first, the...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Statement of condolence for Cassius Turvey's family and community

Joint statement from Commissioner Oscar, Commissioner Tan, and Commissioner Hollonds 
 
 We are deeply saddened by the death of 15-year-old Cassius Turvey last week in Perth. 
 
 As this matter is before the courts, it would not be appropriate for us to make comment on the circumstances surrounding...

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Race Discrimination

Race Discrimination Commissioner welcomes National Anti-Racism Strategy funding

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner has welcomed the federal budget announcement that $7.5 million over 4 years will be provided to the Australian Human Rights Commission to develop a national strategy to tackle racism and promote racial equality in Australia. 
 
 Race Discrimination...

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Commission – General

Commission welcomes passage of new Bill to strengthen its independence

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passage in the Senate today of the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Amendment (Selection and Appointment) Bill 2022. The Bill ensures Commissioner appointments are publicly advertised and subject to an open, transparent and merit...

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Rights and Freedoms

New report aims to help fast-track Australia’s OPCAT implementation process

A new report released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission outlines activities required to expedite Australia’s sluggish approach to implementing the United Nation’s Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)...

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Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Joint Statement on the use of hotel APODs

Commonwealth Ombudsman and Human Rights Commissioner’s Joint Statement on the use of Hotel APODs Today, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, Iain Anderson, and Human Rights Commissioner, Lorraine Finlay, published a joint statement on the use of hotels as alternative places of detention (APODs) for people in...

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Age Discrimination

New campaign seeks to reduce abuse of older Australians

Encouraging perpetrators of elder abuse to understand the impact of their actions is the focus of a new awareness campaign from the Australian Human Rights Commission. Launched today to coincide with the 2022 International Day of Older Persons, the Elder Abuse: Shift Your Perspective campaign...

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Sex Discrimination

Commission commends introduction of Respect@Work Bill

The Commission has welcomed the introduction into Federal Parliament today of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 (Cth) (Bill). The Government has committed to implementing all 55 recommendations of our Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

First Nations women to take leading role in addressing family and community violence

An important gathering of First Nations women – including specialist experts, researchers, frontline workers and women with lived experience of violence – has called on governments across Australia to ensure First Nations women lead all future efforts to prevent violence against First Nations women...

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