Human Rights Medal finalists 2017

‘Great Australians’ to be recognised in 2017 Human Rights Awards

From an outstanding field of nominees, eight great Australians today will receive a prestigious 2017 Human Rights Award at a ceremony at the Westin Hotel Sydney, starting at noon.Presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission to mark...
Friday 8 December 2017
Female workers in a garment factory. Wikimedia Commons Marlssa Orton

Human Rights Commission backs calls for modern slavery law

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has welcomed the call – across political lines – for a modern slavery act in Australia.A sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade yesterday tabled its final report,...
Friday 8 December 2017

Human Rights Awards 2017

Watch the 2017 Human Rights Awards.More information on the Awards, all the winners and finalists are at
Friday 8 December 2017
Commission President Rosalind Croucher speaking at the 2017 Human Rights Awards Photo by Matthew Syres

Human Rights Awards 2017

AcknowledgmentsThank you, Aunty Norma Ingram, for your very warm welcome to country. The Australian Human Rights Commission is honoured to be here today on the ancestral lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. I pay my respects to elders...
Friday 8 December 2017
Magda Szubanski and Marriage Equality supporters celebrating

Australia legalises marriage equality

Parliament has today legislated for a fairer and more equal Australia by legalising marriage equality.“On this historic day, Australia joins over two dozen countries around the world in legislating for marriage equality,” said Australian Human...
Thursday 7 December 2017

AFL. #StandUp to Racism

Separated by a wall, two opposing AFL fans talk racism, sledging and trade jibes. Find out what happens when the wall that divides them comes down.More resources at
Wednesday 6 December 2017
Jeremy Fernandez

Jeremy Fernandez to host Human Rights Awards: tickets still available!

Tickets are still available for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s annual Human Rights Awards on Friday 8 December 2017 at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.Jeremy Fernandez, ABC News journalist and presenter, will host this year’s Awards and help us...
Friday 1 December 2017
Commissioner June Oscar and the Redfern Dance Company

Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) Project launched

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has officially launched the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project. The project is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with the...
Friday 1 December 2017
Commissioner Alastair McEwin

Working towards Equality for People with Disability: the big issues for the...

People with disability still face a lot of barriers in today’s society in Australia.To mark this year’s International Day of People with Disability, held on Sunday 3 December 2017, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin, is...
Friday 1 December 2017
June Oscar at the launch of Wiyi Yani U Thangani 2017

Launch of Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) ‘Securing Our Rights, Securing...

Introduction and acknowledgement[Introduction in Bunuba]Jalangurru lanygu balanggarri.Yaningi warangira ngingirri ngairi yani yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Gardigal yani u.Good morning everyone, today we stand on the lands of the Gadigal people.I am...
Friday 1 December 2017