Activities undertaken in the reporting period across this goal speak to the role of the Commission as a thought leader on human rights in Australia, as well as in the international context, in discharging the Commission’s statutory mandate.
It also speaks to the importance of the Commission as an independent national human rights institution.
By being strategic and proactive rather than reactive, we are able to achieve substantial policy and public influence from our work. By ensuring that our work involves extensive consultation with the community and detailed, evidence-based inquiry, we can be confident about the credibility of our findings.
As a result, we shine a light on emerging human rights issues that would otherwise not receive the national attention that they deserve.
These activities also have a common element: they are based on partnerships and building consensus. The Commission works with a substantial range of stakeholders to deliver our work. This includes pro-bono support from the corporate sector, as well as advisory support from across industry, employee associations, sporting codes, research institutes, NGOs and Government stakeholders.
The importance of this is twofold: it contributes to the robustness of our work; and it builds support and buy-in for implementation so that our work is more likely to contribute to change over the longer term.
The Free and Equal project, in launching an Australian conversation on human rights, has laid the groundwork for the Commission to further strengthen our impact across multiple areas of our work over the coming years. It has set out the vision for a national, integrated framework for human rights protection. It will also draw on the knowledge and findings across all areas of the Commission’s work.
The Free and Equal project also has an objective of building consensus on the reform agenda for human rights over the next decade. Evaluation over the next period will focus on how well we enable participation and contribute to consensus building, as well as on the extent to which our work builds community capacity and ultimately influences policy and legislative change.