Towards Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The HRLC has made a Submission to the Expert Panel on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. A national conversation about possible constitutional recognition presents an opportunity to strengthen the recognition, protection and promotion of the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. In its submission to the Expert Panel, the HRLC:

  • outlines Australia’s international human rights obligations and highlights relevant recommendations that have been made by United Nations human rights bodies regarding the need for constitutional reform in Australia; and
  • provides an overview of relevant human rights obligations and principles that should guide the meaningful participation of, and consultation with, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the process of considering constitutional recognition.

Further information about the process to consider recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution is available at www.youmeunity.org.au.