Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission

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The Australian Human Rights Commission (previously the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission) is a national human rights institution, an independent statutory body of the Australian Government. It has the responsibility for investigating alleged infringements under Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation. According to its website, matters that can be investigated by the Commission include "discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic origin, racial vilification, sex, sexual harassment, marital status, pregnancy, or disability." The Commission falls under the portfolio of the Attorney-General of Australia.

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The Commission investigates alleged infringements under the following legislation:

Public inquiries

One of the more visible functions of the Commission is to conduct public inquiries. Some examples of inquires conducted include:
  • Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry into financial and workplace discrimination against same-sex couples
  • Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families
  • National Inquiry into......
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