Encryption law falls short on rights safeguards

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow warns significant threats to human rights remain despite some improvements to Australia’s encryption law.“Police and security agencies must be equipped with robust powers to protect our national security....
Friday 7 December 2018

Time to act on constitutional recognition

The current and former Social Justice Commissioners have called for political leadership to ensure the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on constitutional recognition are realised.The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice...
Friday 30 November 2018

Workplace Sexual Harassment Inquiry - Call for limited waiver of NDAs

Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, is calling on Australian employers to  issue a limited waiver of confidentiality obligations in non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for the purpose of allowing people to make a confidential...
Tuesday 20 November 2018

Modern Slavery and Beyond

As the Federal Senate debates the Modern Slavery Bill this week, the 2018 Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights takes place in Sydney today with modern slavery prevention as the key theme.It’s the fifth time the Global Compact Network...
Tuesday 13 November 2018

Australia’s children: report to the UN

The Australian Human Rights Commission has submitted a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, detailing the key human rights concerns for children. The UN Committee is currently considering Australia’s progress in meeting its...
Tuesday 6 November 2018

Wiyi Yani U Thangani - this is your time to have your say

 The Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO is calling for submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls and key organisations for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.As part of the project, Commissioner...
Thursday 1 November 2018

Too old to work at 50: Survey

A new survey on attitudes to employing older workers has found that up to 30 per cent of Australian employers are still reluctant to hire workers over a certain age, and for more than two thirds of this group, that age was over 50.The survey of more...
Wednesday 31 October 2018

Commission welcomes National Apology

The Australian Human Rights Commission today welcomes the Prime Minister’s National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, which will take place this morning at Parliament House in Canberra.The National Children’s...
Monday 22 October 2018

Finalists revealed – Racism. It Stops With Me Award

Once again we have an impressive line-up of finalists for the 2018 ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ trophy.This Human Rights Awards category, now in its fourth year, has attracted more than 100 nominees since conception. It is a unique opportunity to...
Friday 19 October 2018

Finalists for Government Award revealed

Four finalists have been selected from a diverse range of nominations for the 2018 Human Rights Awards’ Government Award.This year marks the first time our Awards recognise Government as a stand-alone category.“There are many Government groups and...
Wednesday 17 October 2018

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