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Race Discrimination

What you Say Matters

What you Say Matters

The What you Say Matters project aims to increase understanding of racism among young people (14-17 years) and help them to respond safely to racism through youth-targeted resources.

The resources include a video clip for the song, ‘What You Say Matters’, performed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Brothablack and a  series of downloadable fact sheets. The fact sheets address topics such as what racism is; why people are racist; who experiences racism; where it happens; why it’s a problem; what we can do about it and the laws that address it.

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture 2021 - Embracing Cultural Diversity in Australia

The Australian Human Rights Commission has held its annual Kep Enderby Lecture, with this year’s keynote address given by acclaimed author Alice Pung.

The theme of the lecture was Embracing Cultural Diversity in Australia, and a panel discussion followed the lecture with panellists Kupakwashe Matangira, Zaahir Edries and Jidah Clark.

In her address, Ms Pung spoke powerfully about the power of language and the role it plays to both re-enforce and breakdown racial barriers.

Embracing Cultural Diversity in Australia – Alice Pung

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture 

29 October 2021

Embracing Cultural Diversity in Australia

Alice Pung

Have your say in a National Anti-Racism Framework

The Australian Human Rights Commission is inviting submissions to inform the development of a National Anti-Racism Framework.

The Framework will be a long-term, central reference point to guide actions on anti-racism and equality by government, NGOs, business, communities, and other sectors.

National Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan said he was excited hear the community’s feedback on the proposal for the framework.

2021 Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture


The inclusion of more voices in Australian discussions around race relations has increased our understanding while challenging outdated assumptions. Notions of colour blindness and assimilationism are gradually giving way to a more open multiculturalism that embraces diversity and truth-telling about the experiences of First Nations peoples. But there is resistance. For many Australians the complexities of identity and belonging remain and embracing a rich cultural heritage within contemporary Australia is not always easy or even possible. 


Social Services Legislation Amendment (Remote Engagement Program) Bill 2021

The Australian Human Rights Commission makes this submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee for its inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Remote Engagement Program) Bill 2021. 

Statement on the National Summit on Women's Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to participate in the National Summit for Women’s Safety and to contribute to the development of Australia’s second National Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. Violence is a human rights issue that needs urgent and coordinated action.

National Anti-Racism Framework plan launched

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan has launched a plan to establish a National Anti-Racism Framework and has called on the Federal Government to support and implement it. 

Commissioner Tan released a concept paper detailing key components that need to be included in the Framework and will soon commence a series of roundtables with peak anti-racism organisations to progress the plan. 

The plan was launched ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, also known in Australia as Harmony Day, which occurs this Sunday.

2020 Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

How has Australia’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic affected diverse communities? What lessons can be learned? And how can we ensure diverse communities are included in the road to recovery?

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture:
Racial Equality in the Time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected Australia’s diverse communities.

From the racial targeting of Asian Australians to the hard lockdown imposed on residents in Melbourne’s public housing towers, the pandemic has also raised questions about the place of diverse communities in Australian society.