July 2023

ALSWA receives complaints about human rights violations from clients on a daily basis, however Australia’s piecemeal and inconsistent human rights framework means there are very limited options for clients to seek redress for violation of their rights, and no effective mechanisms in place to prevent human rights violations occurring in the future. Introducing a Federal Human Rights Act is an important step towards ensuring greater legislative protection of human rights for everyone, and especially for marginalised groups such as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It is critical that the Federal Government takes immediate steps to introduce a Federal Human Rights Act and leads the way in ensuring greater respect for the fundamental rights and freedoms of everyone throughout Australia.


ALSWA Submission to Inquiry into Australia’s Human Rights Framework – July 2023