Human Rights Law

Australia does not have a Bill of Rights, nor does it have any guarantee of human rights under the Constitution

Australia is, however, a signatory to international instruments such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), including the First Optional Protocol  to the ICCPR , the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination  (CERD), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC), and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Under the individual complaints mechanisms in the First Optional Protocol to the ICCPR and the CAT, an individual who has exhausted domestic remedies may petition the United Nations Human Rights Committee  or the Committee Against Torture seeking their Views as to whether a State signatory has breached the person's rights under the ICCPR or CAT. 

I undertake individual complaints on behalf of affected persons against Australia to the relevant international human rights monitoring body.