Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Commission was established in 1986 by an act of the federal Parliament. We are an independent statutory organisation and report to the federal Parliament through the Attorney-General.

Our Vision

Human rights: everyone, everywhere, everyday. 

Our Mission

Leading the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia by:

  • making human rights values part of everyday life and language;
  • empowering all people to understand and exercise their human rights;
  • working with individuals, community, business and government to inspire action;
  • keeping government accountable to national and international human rights standards;

We do this by:

  • listening, learning, communicating and educating;
  • being open, expert, committed and impartial;
  • fostering a collaborative, diverse, flexible, respectful and innovative workplace.

Our statutory responsibilities include: 

  • education and public awareness;
  • discrimination and human rights complaints;
  • human rights compliance;
  • policy and legislative development. 

Our structure

The Commission is a collegiate body made up of a President and Commissioners. The President is the chief executive officer.

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