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The Australian Government has developed a new National Human Rights Action Plan in consultation with state and territory governments and non-government organisations. It reaffirms the government's commitment to existing social policy initiatives and highlights new priority areas. It also articulates, in detail, how the Australian Government will implement the commitments it made in 2011 during Australia's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations.

The National Action Plan was released on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2012.

The baseline study

The action plan has been informed by a baseline study that provides a summary of human rights issues in Australia and existing measures to address them.

The study is available for download:

The study was developed in consultation with the public, particularly non-government organisations.

Submissions on draft baseline study are also available.

Universal Periodic Review process

The Australian Government made a voluntary commitment in the lead up to its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) interactive dialogue before the UN Human Rights Council that the National Action Plan would be informed by the accepted UPR recommendations.

More information on the process is available on the Universal Periodic Review page.