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Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986

Description: A short description of the legislation.

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 is a critical piece of legislation that established the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Act empowers the Commission to protect and promote human rights in Australia. It defines these rights based on international agreements and covers issues like discrimination, racial and gender equality, disability rights, and the rights of Indigenous Australians. The Commission is responsible for investigating and resolving complaints of human rights violations and discrimination. It also advises the government, conducts research, and raises public awareness on human rights issues. The Act plays a vital role in fostering an Australian society where everyone’s rights are respected and protected.

Application to Australian agriculture: Where the legislation is applicable.

The Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 impacts the agriculture industry by ensuring fair treatment and non-discrimination in employment practices. It addresses issues like equal opportunity, workplace rights, and the rights of Indigenous people, who are significant contributors to the agricultural sector. Compliance promotes a diverse and equitable workforce in agriculture.

Compliance information: Often the evidence of compliance against a piece of legislation is that there is not a breach of the Act. Where appropriate, the developers of this database have listed evidence which could be used to show compliance if a breach was to be found. Many Best Management Practice (BMP) schemes and other certifications in Australian agriculture include this evidence for accreditation.

The following documentation/information is required to provide evidence of compliance.

(1) Internal Complaint Mechanisms (2) Policies and Procedures (3) Training and Awareness (4) Audits and Assessments

Additional information: The entity this legislation originates from.

Australian Human Rights Commission →

Source documents: Links to the legislation documents.