2008 Media Release: How does freedom of religion and belief affect health and wellbeing?

A new national investigation has been launched into the effects that freedom of religion and belief can have on individual health and community wellbeing.

2009 Media Release: And the cinema access Oscar goes to …

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, has congratulated the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, on her announcement that 12 independent cinemas in Australia will now offer captions and audio description services to Australians with...

2006 HREOC media release: Stop violence against women

The origins of 25 November as the International Day go back to 1960, when three Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic were killed for their political activism. The sisters became a symbol of the crisis of violence against women. November 25...

Alternative Detention Trial at Woomera

Human Rights Commissioner Dr Sev Ozdowski today gave cautious support for an extension of the alternative detention arrangements for women and children at Woomera township in South Australia.

2009 Media Release: Getting Indigenous youth out of the criminal justice system

With Indigenous young people now 28 times more likely to be detained in custody than their non-Indigenous counterparts, a national conference focusing on the issue will be opened in Sydney tomorrow by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

HREOC media release: Human rights and the environment in the Asia Pacific Region

Human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region will consider the impact of the environment on human rights when the Advisory Council of Jurists of the Asia Pacific Forum (APF) delivers its Interim Report on Human Rights and the Environment at...

Refugee advocate wins 2003 Human Rights Medal

Refugee and asylum seeker advocate Marion Lê was awarded the 2003 Human Rights Medal at a ceremony in Sydney today for her consistent and effective work in promoting human rights over the last three decades.

Human Rights Commission welcomes improved health care access for Deaf Australians

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget announcement to fund improved access to interpreting services for Deaf people in medical consultations.

Record Award in Sexual Harassment Case

A decision handed down by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has awarded the highest amount of damages in a sexual harassment case before the Commission.

Media Release 2008: NSW artificial fertilisation law a step forward for same sex parents

Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today congratulated the New South Wales Government on the announcement that NSW law will recognise female same-sex parents who conceive a child through artificial fertilisation.