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Commission – General

Corporate Plan 2021 - 2022


Commission statement on Australia’s response to Afghanistan crisis

A statement from the Australian Human Rights Commission:

The Australian Human Rights Commission has serious concerns about the human rights situation in Afghanistan, heightened by the attacks on Kabul airport overnight, and the corresponding impacts on the Afghan diaspora in Australia.

Commission welcomes ParentsNext Inquiry recommendations

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the release of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Inquiry report on the ParentsNext program.

The report, ParentsNext: examination of Social Security (Parenting payment participation requirements – class of persons) Instrument 2021, makes two recommendations, including that participation in the ParentsNext program be voluntary, rather than compulsory.


Friday 30 July, 2021


The Australian Human Rights Commission regularly conducts competitions based around human rights themes and social issues.


Thursday 22 July, 2021
This section explains the type of information that is collected by the Commission, how such information is used, under what circumstances and to whom it may be disclosed, and describes security measures in place on the website.


Tuesday 1 June, 2021
There are Federal laws to protect people from discrimination and from breaches of their human rights. We have responsibilities under these laws to investigate and conciliate complaints of discrimination and human rights breaches.

Migration and Citizenship Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions) Bill 2020

The Commission makes this submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee in relation to the Migration and Citizenship Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions) Bill 2020 (Cth) (the Bill) introduced by the Australian Government.

International engagement

Wednesday 20 January, 2021
The Commission is Australia's 'A status' national human rights institution. The Commission's engages internationally with UN human rights mechanisms, NHRIs, and other countries.

Rosemary Kayess gives 2020 Human Rights Oration

Leading disability rights advocate Rosemary Kayess will give the 2020 Human Rights Day Oration today.

Last year’s Human Rights Medal winner, and a contributor to the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Rosemary Kayess will discuss the social transformation of CRPD and the impact it has had on the community as well as her work with the Disability Royal Commission.

Rosemary will be in conversation with ABC’s disability affairs reporter, Nas Campanella.