The role of the Australian Human Rights Commission is to see that human rights and fundamental freedoms are understood and respected in law, policy and practice. The Commission is independent from government, with a legislative mandate, and recognised internationally as an ‘A Status’ National Human Rights Institution. We strive to resolve complaints, encourage positive law reform and build a shared awareness and recognition of freedoms and rights throughout Australia.
We operate under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) as well as federal laws that seek to ensure freedom from discrimination on the basis of attributes such as age, disability, race, sex, sexuality and gender identity. The Commission also has specific responsibilities under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). Our job is to work towards an Australia in which human rights are respected, protected and promoted – finding practical solutions to issues of concern; advocating for systemic change; and raising awareness across the community.
- Frequently Asked Questions About the Declaration
- The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples - A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions (Word document)
- Know your rights! – Guide to the Declaration for Indigenous adolescents
- Congress website
- Oxfam guide to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)
- Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples