What we do

Freedom. Respect. Equality. Dignity. Action.

The Human Rights Law Centre protects and promotes human rights in Australia and in Australian activities overseas. We do this using an integrated strategic combination of legal action, advocacy, research and capacity building.

The HRLC is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government organisation and is a registered charity so all donations are tax deductible.

We work in coalition with key partners, including community organisations, law firms and barristers, academics and experts, and international and domestic human rights organisations.

Over the last ten years, we’ve established constitutional protection of the right to vote, improved access to healthcare for prisoners, provided human rights training to over 15,000 people and held Australia to account for its human rights obligations on the international stage.

To follow our progress and to stay informed of local and international human rights developments, subscribe to receive our monthly e-bulletin, Rights Agenda.


Our current focus areas:

  • strengthening legal recognition and protection of human rights
  • ensuring Australia engages positively and constructively with United Nations human rights bodies and respects and implements its international legal obligations
  • promoting the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees
  • advocating that detention be used only as a last resort and that conditions in detention respect human rights and dignity
  • promoting human rights through Australian foreign policy
  • partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to promote their rights
  • promoting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians
  • ensuring a human rights-based approach to the police use of force and the investigation of police-related deaths
  • advocating a human rights-based approach to preventing and responding to violence against women.