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Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission

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About Us

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) is empowered to inquire into allegation of race, sex, disability and aged discrimination in specific areas of public life. The commission may also investigate alleged breaches of human rights by federal governments and allegations of specific types of discrimination in the area of employment and occupation on grounds such as trade union activity, criminal record, political opinion, social origin, medical record, age or sexual preference. HREOC's responsibilities include: * Education and public awareness; * Discrimination and human rights complaints; * Human rights compliance; and * Policy and legislative development; HREOC does this through: * Resolving complaints of discrimination or breaches of human rights under federal law; * Holding public inquiries into issues of national importance, such as the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, paid maternity leave and the rights of children in immigration detention centres; * Providing independent advice to assist courts in cases that involve human rights principles; * Providing advice and assistance to parliaments and governments to develop laws, programs and policies; * Undertaking and coordinating research into human rights and discrimination issues; and * Developing human rights education programs and resources for schools, work places and the community.

Quick Facts About The Region

Australian Human Rights Commission is located in the suburb of Sydney, the council of Sydney and the federal electorate of Sydney.