25 Years of the Disability Discrimination Act

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, Ms Catalina Devandas Aguilar, will be joining the Australian Human Rights Commission for a unique event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth...
Wednesday 28 February 2018

Close the Gap Campaign welcomes extension of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking programs

The Close the Gap Campaign welcomes the new investment in the successful ‘National Tacking Indigenous Smoking’ (TIS) programs.The Federal Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt announced the Federal Government will provide a further $183.7 million...
Monday 26 February 2018

Appalling behaviour at university residential colleges

As students and staff around Australia return to university, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins is urging Australian universities to continue the work needed to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults on campus.“Since the release...
Monday 26 February 2018

Statement from Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO about alleged NT sexual assault

I am deeply saddened about what has occurred in the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek and my thoughts are with the 2 year old girl and her loved ones.It’s important the investigations launched by the Northern Territory government and the...
Thursday 22 February 2018

National talks for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project begin in Victoria

The first in a series of community visits for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project will begin in Victoria next week.The Wiyi Yani U Thangani project is being led by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner...
Saturday 17 February 2018

Time to rebuild the structure of Closing the Gap

Australia is a long way short of closing the gap by 2030 and needs to rebuild the foundations of the strategy as a matter of urgency.The Close the Gap Campaign welcomes the news that there has been an improvement in several closing the gap targets,...
Monday 12 February 2018

Close the Gap calls for urgent joint action to address national shame

Australian governments must join forces with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to urgently address the national shame of a widening life expectancy gap for our nation’s First Peoples.The Close the Gap campaign will today release a...
Thursday 8 February 2018

Close the Gap Campaign statement on Remote Housing program

Federal Government must listen to First Peoples in Closing the Gap ‘Refresh’The Close the Gap campaign is deeply concerned at reports that the Federal Government is making an 85 per cent cut to the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing....
Thursday 21 December 2017

Report card on Australian Universities response to Change the course report

The Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted an audit of responses to the landmark Change the course report into sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.The Change the course report released in August 2017 found one...
Tuesday 19 December 2017

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

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