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Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a United Nations process that considers the human rights record of each UN Member State every four years. The review is unique because it is led by Member States and covers a broad range of international human rights obligations. The UPR differs from United Nations human rights treaty body reviews that are led by committees of experts and focus on specific treaties. As part of each UPR cycle, Member States submit a national report and appear at the United Nations in Geneva for an interactive dialogue with other Member States.

Australia's Second Universal Periodic Review

Australia submitted its second UPR national report to the United Nations in August 2015.

The report is available for download below:

Australia appeared in Geneva for an interactive dialogue on 9 November 2015. During the session, 104 Member States delivered statements and made recommendations regarding Australia's human rights record. Australia received 290 recommendations. For further information visit the Universal Periodic Review monitoring page.

Australia’s opening statement to the UPR Working Group is available for download below:

Australia lodged its response to the second-cycle UPR on 26 February 2016. The Report of the UPR Working Group on Australia's UPR, including recommendations received and Australia's response, was formally adopted at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council on 17 March 2016. In developing Australia's response, the Australian Government consulted with relevant departments and Ministers at federal, state and territory level, and with civil society to the widest extent possible.

The Report of the UPR Working Group is available for download below:

Australia's response to recommendations is an annex to the above report and is available for download below:

Australia made a statement to the UN Human Rights Council at the adoption of the Report of the UPR Working Group on 17 March 2016. Australia's statement provides additional detail about Australia's response to UPR recommendations and is available for download below:

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 53 Member States delivered statements 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. 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.