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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:

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.

Commission announces 2021 Human Rights Awards finalists

Every year the Commission holds the Human Rights Awards to celebrate human rights achievements. It is a chance to acknowledge, congratulate and share the important work of organisations, businesses, and individuals across the nation.

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.