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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Independent review of Gymnastics in Australia 

In a commitment to athlete safety and wellbeing, Gymnastics Australia has engaged the Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct an independent review of the sport of gymnastics in Australia.

 Equality before the Law panel
Disability Disability Rights

DDA25 anniversary

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the commencement of the operation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992
Bringing Them Home - interactive educational resource
Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Bringing Them Home - interactive educational resource

Bringing them Home was the name given to the final report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (now called the Australian Human Rights Commission). The National...
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Identity LGBTI

Marriage equality

The Australian Human Rights Commission considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Position Paper Marriage equality in a changing...
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Race Race Discrimination

Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize 2017

Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize 2017 The Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize is an annual competition for school students aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people. Entries close 15 September 2017. Who can enter Students in Years 10 and 11 at...
Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights
Disability Disability Rights

Shaping our future: discussions on disability rights

Introduction The Disability Discrimination Commissioner is standing in front of a white background with the Australian Human Rights Commission logo. Download Introductory video transcript in Word Between October 2016 and March 2017 Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin conducted a...
A conversation in gender equality
Discrimination Sex Discrimination

A conversation in gender equality 2017

A conversation in gender equality shares some of the common themes that emerged during the Commissioner’s consultations with more 1,000 people from every state and territory in Australia. The consultations focused on engaging with people from a diverse range of communities and with a variety of life...
Hands reaching out through prison bars
Children's Children's Rights

National Children's Commissioner's work on OPCAT

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) was ratified by Australia in December 2017. The OPCAT requires the government to put into place new and expanded oversight mechanisms in order to prevent torture, as well as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in places of detention...
Kep Enderby (Archival photo)
Race Race Discrimination

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture Series

About The Australian Human Rights Commission has established the Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture to honour the memory of the Hon. Kep Enderby QC (1926-2015), who as Attorney-General introduced the Racial Discrimination Bill in the House of Representatives on 13 February 1975. The Racial Discrimination...
huge stadium full of people
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth

Roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth On 31 October 2016 the Australian Human Rights Commission and KPMG co-hosted a roundtable on human rights and mega sporting events in the Commonwealth on 31 October 2016 in Sydney. The Roundtable built on the outcomes of the...
Woman in gym
Legal Legal

Current exemption applications

Exemption application under the Sex Discrimination Act The Australian Human Rights Commission has received an application from CJC Operations Australia Pty Ltd, trading as Curves. This application is made pursuant to s 44 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SDA) and is for an exemption from...
Federal Discrimination Law 2016
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Federal Discrimination Law 2016

Federal Discrimination Law is produced by the Commission’s legal section and provides an overview of the federal unlawful discrimination laws and examines the significant issues that have arisen in the federal unlawful discrimination cases. It also contains comprehensive tables of damages awards...
Race Race Discrimination

Race hate and the RDA

Racial vilification is dealt with under sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA). Section 18C of the RDA makes it unlawful to 'offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate' someone because of their race or ethnicity.
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Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Indigenous Property Rights

Background In May 2015, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda and the then Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson co-convened an Indigenous Leaders Roundtable on economic development and property rights on Yawuru country in Broome, Western Australia (Broome...