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Australia’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – Consultation on Draft National Report

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Consultation on the draft national report for Australia's third Universal Periodic Review

The Australian Government is preparing Australia's national report for our third Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Consultation with civil society is an important part of this process.

We invite submissions from civil society on the draft national report. In particular, to discuss how the Australian Government is reporting on human rights issues in the national report.

About the Universal Periodic Review

The UPR is a UN Human Rights Council peer-review process that considers the human rights record of each UN Member State every five years. The review is unique because it is led by Member States and covers a broad range of international human rights obligations.

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 third UPR appearance will take place in 2021. It will be informed by our national report, which is due in October 2020 (exact date yet to be confirmed by the UN).

Australia's draft national report

In collaboration with other Commonwealth departments and state and territory governments, we have prepared a draft of Australia's National Report for its third UPR. It outlines developments in Australia's domestic human rights frameworks and international obligations and focuses on the implementation of the accepted recommendations from Australia's second UPR in 2015.

The draft National Report includes three annexes which should be read in conjunction with the report. Annex 1 outlines the status of implementation of all recommendations Australia received in its second UPR in 2015. Annexes 2 and 3 outline the status of implementation of the voluntary pledges Australia made as part of its second UPR and HRC membership.

Make a submission

Send all submissions electronically to

Submissions close at 5pm (AEST) on Wednesday 29 July 2020.

Next steps

We will consider submissions and provide a summary of comments to relevant government agencies for their consideration. We will also use submissions to prepare for our UPR appearance to help support deeper engagement on the particular concerns raised by civil society. Submissions will not be published online.

Civil society also have the opportunity to contribute to the UPR process directly through the shadow reporting process. The UN UPR Working Group will consider submissions from the Australian Human Rights Commission and NGOs as well as a report prepared by an NGO Coalition on the basis of their own consultations.