2006 HREOC media release: Sorry Day is but one part of the healing process for Stolen Generations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma said that National Sorry Day (26 May) presents a chance for the entire community, black and white, to come together in remembrance for those people, over generations, who...


The Commonwealth Government has today introduced into Parliament the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003 to amend the legislation under which the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission performs its functions.

HREOC media release: Social Justice Commissioner Welcomes New Family Violence Prevention Legal Services in WA

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma today welcomed the appointment of two new service providers for the Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Legal Services program.

HREOC media release: Native title gains continue to bring win-win results for all parties

Yesterday’s Federal Court decision recognising the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People’s native title rights over nearly 127,000 hectares of far north Queensland’s Daintree area is another example of how negotiation and cooperation bring the best outcomes...

2008 Media Release: Tickets on sale for prestigious human rights medals and awards ceremony

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Hon. Catherine Branson QC - who will also be delivering her first human rights oration at the luncheon ceremony - said tickets were now available for the prestigious annual event.

2008 Media Release: Time for fresh ideas to tackle sex discrimination

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick today welcomed the announcement of the review of the Sex Discrimination Act (1984) by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee saying that after nearly 25 years it’s time to look at...

2009 Media Release: From self-respect comes dignity and from dignity comes hope

Seventeen years have passed since the Mabo case overturned the long-held legal untruth of terra nullius in Australia, but many more truths still remain to be embraced if we are to honour the legacy of Koiki Mabo, Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

South Australians to talk about Racism

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will be in Adelaide next week for a public meeting about racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Program to tackle discrimination against rural gays and lesbians

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Australian Youth Foundation (AYF) today announced a program to establish a national network of young gay men and lesbians in rural Australia.

Launch of new video/DVD on Commission’s conciliation process

HREOC President John von Doussa QC and South Australian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Linda Matthews invite you to attend the launch of a new audio-visual resource titled ’Pathways to resolution: The conciliation process of the Human Rights and...