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Australian Human Rights Awards 2024

Honour your human rights heroes.

Pay tribute to champions of social justice.

Celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community.

The Australian Human Rights Awards is an inspirational showcase of the best in all of us. The Awards honour and celebrate diverse human rights heroes and significant achievements in protecting and promoting human rights in Australia.

The 2024 Australian Human Rights Awards will open for nominations in August. 


Nominations open soon

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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes 

The Awards are your opportunity to honour and promote the work of our unsung heroes of human rights as well our more high profile achievers.

Help shine a light on the work of human rights champions who often go unrecognised for their efforts in advancing and defending human rights in Australia.


2023 Australian Human Rights Awards finalists

Women’s equity and racial equality advocate Juliana Nkrumah AM has been awarded the prestigious 2023 Human Rights Medal. 

Other awards went to:

  • Gabriel Osborne (Young People’s Award)
  • Northern Pictures (Media and Creative Industries Award)
  • Advocacy Tasmania (Community Award)
  • Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Law Award)

A diverse array of people and organisations from across Australia were selected as finalists for the 2023 Australian Human Rights Awards. There were 260 nominations across five categories.

The award recipients were announced at a ceremony in Sydney on Friday 8 December, just two days before International Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can watch a recording of the livestreamed event.

Read the media release.

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Mechelle Turvey
Read ABC news report
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Juliana Nkrumah AM
LinkedIn profile
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Dr Helen Watchirs OAM
LinkedIn profile
Economic Justice Australia logo
Economic Justice Australia
Economic Justice Australia website
Aboriginal legal Service of Western Australia logo
Aboriginal legal Service of Western Australia
ALSWA website
Humna Rights For All logo. Underneath is image of people of various ages, genders and cultural backgrounds.
Human Rights For All
Human Rights For All website
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Insight | SBS TV
Insight webpage
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Northern Pictures
Northern Pictures website
Robin Japanangka Granites on Arrernte Country
Common Ground
Common Ground website
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Anne Connolly
LinkedIn profile
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Square Peg Round Whole
Square Peg Round Whole website
Advocacy Tasmania logo
Advocacy Tasmania
Advocacy Tasmania website
Equality Australia and Sydney World Pride logos
Equality Australia & Sydney WorldPride
Equality Australia website
Sisters Inside logo
Sisters Inside
Sisters Inside website

Information about nominations for the 2024 Australian Human Rights Awards will be available in July.

  • How to nominate

    Nominating is easy! You can do it right here using the online form on our website. If you need help with other kinds of formats, please get in touch.

    • Nominations are FREE.
    • You can nominate yourself or the organisation you work for or a person or organisation you admire.
    • People and organisations can be nominated in multiple categories.

    Provide a breadth of information.
    Tell us exactly why your nominee should get an award. What has the nominee accomplished? How has their work made an impact? What’s the broader context of achievements a or contributions? What prompted you to submit your nomination? Provide as much information about their achievements and/or service as possible.

    Keep it clear and concise
    For your nomination to shine, it needn't be long. Aim for quality not quantity. And focus the work that’s specifically related to the reason you’re nominating the person or organisation.

    Provide supporting material
    Supporting material such as photographs, newspaper clippings, and links to blogs/websites are great. But be sure these are relevant to your nomination.

  • Criteria

    In choosing the recipients for the Awards, consideration is given to the nominee’s achievements in the year prior to receiving the award, as well as their ongoing contribution to the advancement of human rights.

    An individual, organisation or community group need only be nominated once to be considered. The number of nominations received per nominee carries no weight in the judging process.

    To be eligible for nomination, entrants must have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights IN AUSTRALIA in at least one of the following areas, and been active in this area between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024:

    • Taking action to overcome discrimination or infringements of human rights within Australia
    • Encouraging greater harmony between people of different race, sex, sexuality, age or ethnic origin within Australia
    • Enhancing the rights of Indigenous Australians
    • Promoting equal opportunity for people with a disability in Australia, or
    • Increasing awareness of issues of injustice or inequality in Australia. 


    Eligibility criteria

    • Nominees must be an Australian citizen OR have resident status and be living in Australia OR be an organisation or association that is registered in Australia.
    • Self-nominations are accepted
    • Unsuccessful nominations may be re-nominated in subsequent years 


    Category criteria

    • People and organisations can be nominated in multiple categories. 
    • Nominations for people aged 25 years or under (as of 31 August 2024) will be considered for the Young People's Award
    • Eligibility is dependent on the award category and may be open to businesses, groups, organisations and/or individuals.


    Judging criteria

    Selection panels will consider the following when assessing and comparing nominations against the above criteria:

    • Does the nominee contribute to the advancement of human rights issues in Australia?
    • Does the entry provide specific examples of their contribution?
    • Has the nominee been a leader in this area of work in their community?
    • Has the nominee raised community awareness of the issue?
    • Has the nominee been able to provide a network of support for the issue?
    • What was the outcome of the nominee’s contribution?
    • How effective was the outcome?
    • Did the nominee overcome any obstacles to achieve their outcome?
  • Terms & conditions

    Nominees cannot be:

    • an employee of the Australian Human Rights Commission
    • an employee of a direct supplier of commercial products or services to the Australian Human Rights Commission
    • a member of the 2024 Australian Human Rights Awards judging panels
    • a partner organisation or an employee of a partner organisation of the 2024 Australian Human Rights Awards

    Nominations for all awards must be received by 5pm Monday 4 September 2023, unless otherwise extended.

    All submitted nominations and supporting material remain the property of the Australian Human Rights Commission and will not be returned.

    The judging panel will select up to four (4) finalists and one (1) winner for each category.

    The judges' decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

    Nominees must agree to any reasonable marketing and publicity associated with the 2024 Australian Human Rights Awards.

    All finalists will be announced in October/November 2024.

    The winner of each category will be announced in December 2024.