EVENT: Making human rights complaints accessible in the ACT

On 10 December, join our online International Human Rights Day forum, as we discuss the need to establish an accessible and affordable mechanism to deal with human rights complaints in the ACT.

If your human rights are breached by a public authority in the ACT, there’s no easy way for you to enforce your rights under our ACT Human Rights Act 2004.  You’d have to take legal action in the ACT Supreme Court. This is expensive, time-consuming and out of reach for vulnerable Canberrans.   

Join us as we explore how complaints are being handled in other Australian jurisdictions; and talk to those leading the charge to amend the ACT Human Rights Act, through the No Rights without Remedy petition recently tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

The forum will be opened by ACT Minister for Human Rights, Tara Cheyne MLA and our panellists include:

  • Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, ACT Human Rights Commission President (facilitator)
  • Deborah Glass, Victorian Ombudsman
  • Andrew Adason, Assistant Ombudsman, Victorian Ombudsman
  • Sean Costello, Principal Lawyer, Qld Human Rights Commission
  • Naomi Gould, Senior Solicitor, Canberra Community Law
  • Karen Toohey, Discrimination, Health Services, and Disability and Community Services Commissioner, ACT Human Rights Commission
  • with closing remarks by Sophie Trevitt, Executive Officer at Change the Record, ACT Co-Chair of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights and principal petitioner for the No rights without remedy petition to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Panellists for the December 10 online forum

This FREE online event will take place on Friday 10 December 2021 from 12:30-2pm. REGISTER via this Webex link. For more information contact: humanrightsmedia@act.gov.au