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Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission is Australia's national human rights institution. The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory authority, established under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986. The Commission has a range of duties, functions and powers with respect to human rights, including undertaking inquiries, intervening in court proceedings, examining enactments and conducting educational programs and public awareness campaigns. It is accredited as an A-status national institution under the Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions (the Paris Principles).

The Australian Human Rights Commission also has the power to investigate and attempt to conciliate complaints of unlawful discrimination under Australia's anti-discrimination legislation. If you believe you have been unlawfully discriminated against, you may wish to consider lodging a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission. If the conciliation is unsuccessful, in certain circumstances, you may commence legal proceedings regarding the complaint in the Federal Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court.

Further information about the commission can be found on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability

On 5 May 2016, then Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC and the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, the Hon Susan Ryan AO, launched the Willing to Work Report.

The inquiry examined barriers to employment for older people and people with disability and made 56 recommendations.

Commissioner Ryan consulted broadly across Australia, including with businesses, employer and employee organisations, advocacy groups and other stakeholders. A copy of the final report and further information about the inquiry can be found on the Willing to Work Inquiry website.