Indigenous Rights

The HRLC’s Indigenous Rights Unit was established in October 2012 to deepen the Centre’s work in partnership with Indigenous organisations to protect and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples. The Unit is both responsive and agenda-setting, receiving requests for assistance as well as working with Indigenous organisations to identify significant and systemic human rights issues.

The Indigenous Rights Unit focuses on the following priorities:

  • reducing the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of the criminal justice system including issues relating to imprisonment rates, police powers, conditions in detention and the nexus between the child protection system and over-representation;
  • ensuring access to basic social and economic rights in remote Indigenous communities, including in particular the rights to education and housing; and
  • promoting in particular, the rights of Indigenous women, children and young people in these focus areas.