Government commits to national consultation on business and human rights

The Australian Government has committed to undertake a national consultation on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The commitment forms part of the Government's response to Australia's Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council.

The Human Rights Law Centre welcomes this commitment, which is an important step towards the adoption of an Australian National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Earlier this year leading Australian NGOs including the HRLC called on the Government to work towards a National Action Plan to implement Australia’s obligation to protect against adverse corporate human rights impacts and to provide access to remedy for those whose rights have been violated due to business-related activities. 

NAPs also promote transparency and accountability in the development of government policy and provide a platform for dialogue between government, business and civil society.  

The HRLC’s Director of Advocacy, Rachel Ball, said she looked forward to working with the Australian Government and other stakeholders towards a clear, coherent and robust plan for the implementation of the Guiding Principles

“As a candidate for the UN Human Rights Council, a wealthy, stable middle power, and home to some of the world’s largest multinationals, Australia must take its business and human rights obligations seriously,” said Ms Ball