2009 Media Release: For people with a physical disability, it is time for a simple change that will provide equality in GP visits

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today called on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to ensure equality in access to medical care for people with a disability by making it mandatory for GP surgeries to have height...

Land sharing at the heart of the successful Yalanji native title claim

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, has congratulated the Western Yalanji people on the recognition of their native title claim in the Mt Carbine region, north west of Cairns (Queensland).

Human Rights Commission welcomes UN Treaties Report

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission President Professor Alice Tay has welcomed the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Australia's Role in United Nations Reform.

HREOC welcomes Westpac commitments

Human Rights Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Disability Discrimination, Graeme Innes AM, today welcomed the release of Westpac"s 2006 Accessibility Action Plan which makes a number of new commitments to improving access to its service...

Accessible transport standards not yet law

However, due to a last-minute notice of motion to amend the Standards by Senator John Cherry (Australian Democrats) on behalf of Senator Lynne Alison the Standards have not become law today.

HREOC media release: NSW Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill may breach human rights principles

Provisions of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill before the NSW Upper House today could amount to breaches of Australia’s human rights obligations, Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes and National Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma...

DARWIN FORUM: 10 years of Federal Disability Discrimination Laws - Achievements and Challenges

A forum, co-hosted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission, will be held on Tuesday 25 March at the Northern Territory University. The forum will discuss 10 years of achievements...

2008 Media Release: Australian women mark another milestone with ordination of first woman Bishop

The consecration in Perth tomorrow of Australia’s first woman Bishop signals a major inroad in eliminating discrimination against women in all walks of life, federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said today.

2008 Media Release: Towards fair treatment of all people in detention

Releasing options for Australia to monitor conditions of detention, Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today emphasised the importance of Australia’s responsibility to ensure that all people who are deprived of their liberty within our borders...


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr William Jonas, has welcomed the recently announced agreement between the Yorta Yorta people and Victorian Government.