A photo of Yonga Hill Immigration Detention Centre

Commission releases Villawood and Yongah Hill inspection reports

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its inspections of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (VIDC) and the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre (YHIDC).The inspections revealed significant differences in...
Wednesday 20 December 2017
University Response Audit

Report card on Australian University responses to Change the course

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a report card on the steps universities have taken to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults.The landmark Change the course report released in August 2017 found one in five (21%) students...
Tuesday 19 December 2017
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Reason to be hopeful about changes in attitudes on sexual harassment

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins says she hopes the recent shining of light on sexual harassment signifies the beginning of the end of a culture which both permits these behaviours to occur and prevents victims from speaking out....
Friday 15 December 2017
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Australia ratifies major anti-torture treaty OPCAT

Australia has taken the final step necessary to ratify and implement a major international treaty that combats torture and other forms of mistreatment. This is an opportunity to protect the rights of people who are detained in Australia for...
Friday 15 December 2017
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We must act on lessons of Royal Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges the survivors, witnesses and families who contributed to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and calls on all Australian governments to implement its final...
Friday 15 December 2017

Sexual Harassment - Safer Workplaces

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins delivered the keynote address at the Women in Film and TV NSW - Safer Workplaces Strategies forum.Good morning everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on...
Thursday 14 December 2017
Tim Soutphommasane appeared before the United Nations’ Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Commissioner to raise UN anti-racism recommendations

The Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane intends to raise with the Australian government the recommendations from the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.The UN Committee,...
Tuesday 12 December 2017
Johnathan Thurston, Human Rights Medal Winner, with Commission President Rosalind Croucher

Johnathan Thurston wins Human Rights Commission medal

Johnathan Thurston has won the Australian Human Rights Commission’s prestigious 2017 Human Rights Medal.Human Rights Commission President, Professor Rosalind Croucher, presented the medal to Mr Thurston at today’s Human Rights Awards ceremony. Over...
Friday 8 December 2017
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