Summary publication

This Corporate Plan sets out the strategic goals and priorities of the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission). It creates an explicit connection between our purpose, corporate goals, operational environment, key activities and annual performance reporting.

As a Commission, we seek to be innovative and agile. We seek to ensure maximum benefit for the Australian community from the actions that we take.

Respect for human rights and freedoms is the cornerstone of a cohesive and peaceful society in which everyone can make a contribution and feel safe and included.

Ultimately, the purpose of this Corporate Plan is to articulate how we promote an Australian society where human rights are enjoyed by everyone, everywhere, everyday.

This plan comes at a time of change at the Commission with four new commissioners commencing in 2016. This will mean we now have seven Commissioners responsible for discrimination on the grounds of sex, age, disability and race, along with human rights, children’s rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In 2016 we also celebrate 30 years of the Commission – which came into existence on Human Rights Day, 10 December 1986.

As the accountable authority of the Australian Human Rights Commission, I present the 2016–17 Australian Human Rights Commission corporate plan which covers the periods 2016–17 to 2019–20 as required under section 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth) (PGPA Act) and s 46AA of the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. It covers the specific activities in the 2016–17 financial year and our strategic outlook through to 2020.

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs
Australian Human Rights Commission
July 2016