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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.

Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia Conference 2022: Advancing Multicultural Australia

I would like to begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet today, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. I would like to recognise and pay my respects to Elders past and present and to emerging leaders, as well as to First Nations people who may be present today. I acknowledge their connection to land, waters, and community. This land always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.

About Racial Discrimination

Monday 30 May, 2022
The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 protects individuals across Australia from discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin. In 1995 the Act was extended to make racial vilification against the law.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Chin Tan message

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Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan speaks about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The 2022 theme is 'VOICES FOR ACTION AGAINST RACISM'. It is both an acknowledgement and a reminder of the important role everyone can play in amplifying the voices of those affected by acts of racial oppression worldwide.

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.