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Race Discrimination

Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

Muslim couple on the beach

The Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. Specifically, the project aims to build robust intelligence about the experience of Australian Muslims to inform the Australian Human Rights Commission’s work in promoting social cohesion and providing evidence for change.

The project is an opportunity to identify community strengths, concerns and priorities and hear from the community about ideas for change.

Online Survey

Let’s talk race: A guide on how to conduct conversations about racism (2019)


What you Say Matters

What you Say Matters

The What you Say Matters project aims to increase understanding of racism among young people (14-17 years) and help them to respond safely to racism through youth-targeted resources.

The resources include a video clip for the song, ‘What You Say Matters’, performed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Brothablack and a  series of downloadable fact sheets. The fact sheets address topics such as what racism is; why people are racist; who experiences racism; where it happens; why it’s a problem; what we can do about it and the laws that address it.

Introductory remarks at the 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Speech given at the 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture 

Where’s all the data on COVID-19 racism?

The absence of data illustrating the increase in racial abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic shows Australia needs to do better at recording and monitoring racism.

Race Discrimination Commissioner welcomes call for national unity from Chinese-Australians

Last week’s open letter from 16 prominent Chinese-Australians calling for national unity during the COVID-19 pandemic continues the important work of Australian community leaders in calling out racism, especially against people of Chinese background. I welcome and applaud it, and the important conversations it has begun.

Working together for greater harmony

On Harmony Day, Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan urged all Australians to take personal responsibility for creating a more harmonious society by practising kindness, understanding and by opposing racism.

Commissioner Tan said, “Now more than ever we need to support one another, be kind and work together to fight a virus that does not recognise race, religion or ethnicity. We are all in this together.”

Commemorating one year since the Christchurch mosque attack

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan and Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow have commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attack.

In a joint statement, they said: “The Christchurch massacre was deeply traumatic for New Zealand’s Muslim community. That trauma has echoed throughout the Muslim community in Australia and internationally.”

Harmony Week

Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.

It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Get involved, find an event, or hold your own!

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Coronavirus requires unity and support, not division

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan has urged all Australians to remain calm, show consideration and unite as a community in response to the Coronavirus crisis:

“Reports of racial discrimination against Chinese people in our community are disappointing. They hurt both the Chinese community and our collective community wellbeing at a time when we should be united and supportive in confronting this crisis.