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Commission welcomes COVIDSafe App

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the COVIDSafe App as an important public health initiative, which can help protect the rights of Australians to health and life.

The App also opens the possibility of easing restrictions on other human rights, such as freedom of movement and freedom of association.

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said, “The Commission welcomes the App and we will continue working with the Australian Government to ensure it protects public health, while also upholding all of our human rights.” 

Resisting extremism in a pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic spread to this big island of ours, our leaders made a momentous decision: they decided to save as many human lives as possible.

This was the right decision. It shows we as a country care about human life above all else. But now we face an even harder question: how to save lives while preventing economic collapse and staying true to our democratic values?

Mr Nauroze Anees v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Home Affairs)


Religious Freedom Bills second exposure draft


Religious Discrimination Bill Forum

Event by PIAC

Over the past few weeks, the Government’s proposed Religious Discrimination Bill has been the subject of intense public debate.

PIAC are hosting a special forum to find out what it really means, its implications for human rights and potential impact on different groups within the Australian community.

Hear from the Human Rights Commissioner, anti-discrimination experts, as well as civil society representatives, about the positives, and negatives, of the Second Exposure Draft of the Bill.


Human Rights and Technology: Discussion Paper (2019)


Commission calls for accountable AI

The Australian Human Rights Commission has set out a template for change for how artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies are developed and used in Australia.

In its Human Rights and Technology Discussion Paper, released today, the Commission makes wide-ranging proposals for safeguarding human rights and encouraging accessible, equal and accountable use of new technology in Australia.

Human Rights Day 2019 - Message from Commission President

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Human Rights Day 2019


A message from Australian Human Rights Commission President Rosalind Croucher

How we talk to each other matters.

It matters because words are powerful. Words shape our thinking and they inform our actions.

Words are the foundation stone upon which we build our communities.