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Submission: Inquiry into Australia's Human Rights Framework

Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (PJCHR)

May 2023


In April 2010, the Australian Government introduced Australia's Human Rights Framework (2010 Framework).

The Australian Government chose not to pursue a Human Rights Act as part of the framework at that time, deferring consideration of introducing a Human Rights Act to a review of the operation of the 2010 Framework.

Corporate Plan 2022 - 2023


Commission urges passage of new Bill to strengthen integrity

The Australian Human Rights Commission is urging all federal parliamentarians to support the passage of the new Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Amendment (Selection and Appointment) Bill 2022.

Briefing Note: Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Amendment (Selection and Appointment) Bill 2022


Government action needed to protect children in detention

Joint statement from:

Whither human rights and freedoms protections in Australia? Rights and freedoms in the age of COVID-19

Speech given at the Samuel Griffith Society 32nd Conference 29–30 April 2022 by Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM President, Australian Human Rights Commission


In January 2020, I reached out to the Society regarding the then upcoming conference that was to be held in August 2020.  

Chief Executive - Leanne Smith

Wednesday 4 May, 2022

Leanne Smith

Chief Executive of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Chief Executive Leanne Smith

Senate Order on Government Contracts (Archived reports)

Monday 28 February, 2022

Senate Order on Government Contracts - Archived reports



Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts the following table sets out contracts entered into by the Australian Human Rights Commission which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which:

(a) have not been fully performed as at 31 December 2022, or

Annual Report 2000-2001: Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission


The case to modernise Australia’s federal discrimination law

A new discussion paper outlining 38 recommendations for reform of Australia’s federal discrimination law system has been released by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Discrimination Law Position Paper, part of the Commission’s major project Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights, is the result of an extensive consultation process undertaken in 2020 and 2021. 

The paper’s 38 recommendations address every aspect of the Australian federal discrimination law system within four pillars of reform.