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Australia's Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a United Nations human rights reporting process that aims to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. The United Nations Human Rights Council reviews the human rights records of all 192 member states once every four years.

Australia's Second Universal Periodic Review

Australia is currently preparing for it's second UPR. As part of the UPR process Australia has submitted a national report to the United Nations. 

The report is available for download below:

Australia will appear in Geneva for an interactive dialogue on 9 November 2015.

Australia's first Universal Periodic Review

Australia lodged a national report for its first UPR in October 2010.

The report is available for download below:

Australia's first interactive dialogue was held in Geneva on 27 January 2011. During the interactive session fifty-three countries asked questions of, and made recommendations, to Australia. Australia received 145 recommendations in total. These recommendations are set out in the report prepared by the Universal Periodic Review Working Group:

Australia formally responded to the recommendations made as part of Australia's first UPR on 8 June 2011. Australia's response was developed following an extensive consultation process across Australian Government departments, state and territory governments as well as non-government organisations and the Australian Human Rights Commission. Australia accepted more than ninety per cent of the recommendations. A copy of the response can be found below:

More information

For more information about the UPR visit the following external websites: Australian Human Rights Commission, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, or UPR-info.