Social justice is about securing fairness for all in the everyday issues of life.
It means having access to safe and appropriate housing, an education that develops children’s potential and respects their culture, services that promote good health and opportunities for satisfying employment.
Social justice also means recognising the distinctive rights that Indigenous Australians - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - hold as the original peoples of this land.
The Commission keeps social justice issues before the Australian Government and promotes community understanding and respect for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Other important functions include:
- preparing an annual Social Justice Report and Native Title Report, which are tabled in federal Parliament
- monitoring and reviewing the impact of laws, policies and programs on Indigenous peoples
- providing policy advice and research on Indigenous human rights issues including health, family violence, children’s rights and the ‘Stolen Generations’
- supporting Indigenous education initiatives.
- Support constitutional reform to recognise the distinctive place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Join over 185,000 other Australians and sign the Close the Gap pledge
- Read about and share our current projects.