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25 Years of the Disability Discrimination Act

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, will be joining the Australian Human Rights Commission for a unique event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) on 1 March, 2018.

The event – a panel discussion on the successes and challenges of the DDA – will be hosted at PwC’s Sydney headquarters and facilitated by ABC broadcaster, Wendy Harmer.

Submission: Review of certain police powers, control orders and preventative detention orders (2017)


Law Week 2018 (Vic)

Law Week is an annual festival of events that makes learning about the law easy. Held in May each year, Law Week has taken place across Victoria since 1980.

Presented by Victoria Law Foundation with the support of our Event Partners and sponsors, Law Week offers Victorians the opportunity to find answers to their legal questions, discover the history of the courts or simply enjoy the spectacle of the law.

The program includes mock trials, behind-the-scenes tours, expert info sessions, panel forums and more.

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Train exemption

Train exemption

On 29 March 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission gave notice of its decision in this matter.

Ms OR on behalf of Mr OS, Miss OP and Master OQ v Commonwealth of Australia (DIBP) (2017)

Nine Vietnamese men in immigration detention v Commonwealth of Australia (DIBP) (2017)

MB v Commonwealth of Australia (DIBP) (2017)

CR and CS v Commonwealth of Australia (DIBP) (2017)

Finalists announced- Law Award 2017

The Law Award finalists for the 2017 Human Rights Awards have been revealed, with a diverse range of legal practitioners recognised for excellence.

“We know that disadvantage is one of the great barriers to accessing important services such as legal assistance, and these finalists have helped thousands of people overcome that hurdle,” said Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher.

“The sheer calibre of entries was remarkable and once again our judges found it challenging to narrow it down to just five finalists,” said Professor Croucher.

Governments must end abuse of young people in detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission today expressed continuing and deep concern about the abuse of young people in detention.

“The focus on punitive measures is failing young people. A much better approach is to focus on effective early intervention, prevention and diversion programs,” said the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar.

The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, said Australia has around 900 children and young people in youth justice detention at any one time.