• 2018 Winner of the Human Rights Medal - The Hon Peter McClellan AM QC "The sexual abuse of a child is intolerable..."
  • 2018 Winner of the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award - Catia Malaquias "Inclusion is vital in education - the window to every child's future."
  • 2018 Winner of the Community Organisation Award - Australian Marriage Equality "Everyone deserves the right to marry the person they love."
  • 2018 Winner of the Government Award - Gold Coast 2018 XX! Commonwealth Games "It was an event of firsts, making history with new and inclusive benchmarks."
  • 2018 Winner of the Racism. It Stops With Me Award - Nyadol Nyuon
  • 2018 Winner of the business award, Konica Minolta. "Acknowledging human rights issues in supply chains prevents further harm"


The Human Rights Awards is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Australia. Each year we are proud to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms.

Previous winners of the Human Rights Medal include Johnathan Thurston, Pat Anderson, Peter Greste, Ian Thorpe, the Rt Hon. Malcom Fraser, Ron Merkel QC, Sister Clare Condon, Dorothy Hoddinott and Elizabeth Evatt.

The 2018 Human Rights Awards ceremony is on Friday 14 December 2018. Tickets on sale now!


Justice Peter McClellan AM and Chrissie Foster

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HRA Young Medal Finalists

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Phone: 02 9284 9779