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West Australians to talk about Racism

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will be in Western Australia this week for public meetings about racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

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The Australian Human Rights Commission invited submissions to inform the development of a National Anti-Racism Framework (the Framework).

The Framework will be a long-term, central reference point to guide actions on anti-racism and equality by government, NGOs, business, communities, and other sectors.

The Commission was very interested to hear from those with expertise and knowledge of anti-racism initiatives and in responding to racism at structural, institutional, and inter-personal levels, including:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander knowledge holders and community members with lived experience of racism
  • Community members from migrant, refugee and/or faith-based backgrounds with lived experience of racism
  • Representatives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak or community organisations
  • Representatives from a migrant, refugee, settlement and faith-based peak or community organisation
  • Representatives of Commonwealth, State and Local Government agencies and departments
  • Representatives of human rights agencies, advocacy organisations or legal practitioners
  • Practitioners and/or experts in the identified outcome areas of the Framework
  • Researchers in the identified outcome areas of the Framework.

The Commission released a Concept Paper, which details proposed principles, outcomes and strategies for the Framework. It also compiled a Submissions Guide, which provided more information on the Framework development process and shared findings from early stakeholder consultations. 

Submissions closed 4 February 2022.

The Commission invited submissions in any language and in any format. 

See also: Submissions Policy


The policy team are contactable at

What will happen to your submission?

Submissions will be used for the purposes of developing the National Anti-Racism Framework, for any subsequent reporting, and for the promotion and utilisation of any report. Please note that:

  • submissions may be provided by the Commission to our Minister, Parliament and other government agencies or subject to Freedom of Information requests
  • the Commission aims to publish submissions on its website
  • you can indicate on your submission if you wish for your submission to be kept confidential
  • the Commission reserves the right to edit (for example, remove defamatory material or de-identify personal or sensitive information), or not to publish a submission, or any part of a submission, on its website at its own discretion.

Further information about publication and privacy in relation to the submissions process can be found in the Commission’s Submissions Policy.


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