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Children's Rights

Youth Justice and Child Wellbeing Reform across Australia

Background The National Children’s Commissioner is conducting a project that investigates opportunities for reform of youth justice and related systems across Australia, based on evidence and the protection of human rights. The project will explore ways to reduce children’s involvement in crime...
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Legal

Human Rights Reports

In addition to receiving complaints of unlawful discrimination, the Commission can inquire into complaints of breaches of human rights and workplace discrimination under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Close the Gap: Indigenous Health Campaign

Working together to achieve health and life expectation equality for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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Race Discrimination

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture Series

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.
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Children's Rights

Reporting to the United Nations on Children's Rights

In September 2019, Australia appeared before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. This UN Committee monitors Australia’s progress in fulfilling its obligations under: • the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) • the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the...
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Race Discrimination

Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

The Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. Specifically, the project aims to build robust intelligence about the experience of Australian Muslims to inform the Australian Human Rights Commission’s work in promoting social...
Bringing Them Home - interactive educational resource
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...
International

HRTC highlights newsletter - April 2016

Working internationally to advance human rights Welcome Welcome to the first bi-annual newsletter for the Human Rights Technical Cooperation (HRTC) Programs. HRTC Highlights is a new initiative that will provide you with updates from our international human rights activities. This edition highlights...
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Children's Rights

Effects of family and domestic violence on children and young people

About this project In 2015 the National Children’s Commissioner conducted research and consultations on the impact of family and domestic violence on children and young people. The Commissioner’s investigation involved a series of expert roundtables, individual consultations and a submissions...
Sexual Harassment. Know Where the Line Is.
Sex Discrimination

Sexual Harassment. Know Where the Line Is.

For more information about Know Where the Line Is click here. Despite being outlawed for over 25 years, sexual harassment remains a problem in our workplaces. In fact, nearly one in five complaints received by the Australian Human Rights Commission under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) relate...
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Rights and Freedoms

Freedom of Religion and Belief

Freedom of religion and belief is a fundamental human right protected by a number of international treaties and declarations, including article 18(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This right encompasses freedom of thought on all matters and the freedom to...
Race Discrimination

Information for New Zealanders living in Australia - FAQs

There are a significant number of New Zealanders living in Australia. The number of New Zealand citizens in Australia at 30 June 2012 was estimated as being 647 863. As a result of a number of general inquiries received regarding the entitlements and rights of New Zealanders living in Australia, the...