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Annual Report 2019-2020


Dr Ben Gauntlett appointed as Deputy Commissioner to the NACC

The Attorney-General, The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC today announced that Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Ben Gauntlett has been appointed as Deputy Commissioner to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

A national Human Rights Act needs to be introduced in Australia

Opinion piece by Commission President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, first published in the Canberra Times.

Forum aims to strengthen human rights in the Pacific

The Commission joined an important conversation about establishing and strengthening National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) across the Pacific region.

Senate Order for entity contracts listing: 1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022

Tuesday 28 February, 2023

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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:

(a) have not been fully performed as at 31 December 2022, or

Senate File Listing: 1 July 2022 – 31 December 2022

Tuesday 17 January, 2023

Senate File List for the Australian Human Rights Commission for 1 July 2022 – 31 December 2022.

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2022 Human Rights Day Oration by Larissa Behrendt

"No More Just Tinkering at the Edges"
Human Rights Day Oration by 
Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO


9 December 2022

I pay my respects to the Gadigal and the Elders who have kept knowledge on this country and shared so generously this unceded land.  

Outstanding advocates celebrated in 2022 Human Rights Awards

An Australian not-for-profit organisation Mahboba’s Promise has won the prestigious Human Rights Medal in the 2022 Human Rights Awards.

Mahboba Rawi and Nawid Cina received the accolade at a ceremony hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission Friday, 9 December.

Other awards went to Caroline Cecile Fletcher (Young People’s Award), Scientia Professor Jane McAdam (Law Award), and Hotel Etico (Community Award).

Annual Report 2021-2022


Commission welcomes passage of new Bill to strengthen its independence

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passage in the Senate today of the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Amendment (Selection and Appointment) Bill 2022.

The Bill ensures Commissioner appointments are publicly advertised and subject to an open, transparent and merit-based process, in line with our international commitments. 

It removes the possibility of direct appointments. It also establishes that the total term of appointment of Commissioners, including any reappointments, should not exceed seven years.