The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation who report to the Federal Parliament through the Attorney-General. The Commission's goals are to foster greater understanding and protection of human rights in Australia and to address the human rights concerns of a broad range of individuals and groups.
The Commission's responsibilities include education and public awareness
- discrimination and human rights complaints
- human rights compliance
- policy and legislative development.
The Commission investigates alleged infringements of human rights under the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 and breaches of anti-discrimination law under the Age Discrimination Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination Act 1984.
Complaints are handled on a confidential basis with an emphasis on conciliation.