Human Rights Awards Trophy

Human Rights Awards Trophy

10 December 2015 ▪ 12pm–3pm ▪ The Westin, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney

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The Awards categories have been streamlined this year, there will now only be 7 categories as listed below. 

Nominations have now closed


We encourage you to nominate people who have contributed to human rights in Australia. The aim is to recognise people who are working to achieve better human rights outcomes in their work or community.

Some nominees are well known, but most are just ordinary people making a difference to human rights.

The best nominees are often the people who wouldn’t dream of putting themselves forward, which is why we need you to do it for them!

Nominees can be entered in seven categories.  They are the Human Rights Medal, Young People’s Medal, Law Award, Business Award, Racism. It Stops With Me Award, Tony Fitzgerald Community Award, and the Media Award.

The number of categories has been reduced this year in order to streamline the Awards process.


To be eligible for nomination, applicants must be an Australian Citizen or have Australian permanent residency as at the date of nomination.

If you wish to apply for more than one award, an individual application form for each award must be provided.

Entrants must have made a significant contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights IN AUSTRALIA and been active in this area between September 2014 and September 2015. 

Examples could include:

  • taking action to overcome discrimination or infringements of human rights within Australia
  • encouraging greater social harmony within Australia in a range of areas such as race relations, gender equality and the treatment of children and young people
  • enhancing the rights of Indigenous Australians
  • promoting equal opportunity for people with a disability in Australia or countering discrimination on the basis of age or sexuality.
  • increasing awareness of issues of injustice or inequality in Australia.

Submitting your nomination

The entry should include a statement as to why the nominee should be recognised; any relevant supporting material should also be submitted. 

This could include newspaper articles, online coverage, references and biographies. 

For the media category, please include a current online link to the work or provide three copies of the work.

If you require any help submitting a nomination please call 02 9284 9600.

Judging process

The judging process will be overseen by a judging panel includes the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, and at least one independent representative from either the community, government or business.

The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Details of finalists for each Medal and Award category will be published on the Commission’s website later on in the year.

Human Rights Medal - sponsored by LexisNexis Australia

The Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia. The medal has a rich history of prestigious winners.

Young People’s Human Rights Medal - sponsored by Colin Biggers & Paisley

The Young People’s Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual who is under the age of 25 years (on 30 September 2015) and who has made an outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in Australia.

Law Award - sponsored by the Law Council of Australia

The Law Award is awarded to an individual or an organisation with a track record in promoting and advancing human rights in Australia through the practice of law.

Business Award - sponsored by Audrey Page & Associates

The Business Award is awarded to a corporation that has made a practical and/or policy commitment to the promotion and advancement of human rights in the Australian community.

Racism. It Stops With Me Award

The ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award recognises the contribution of an organisation to reducing and preventing racism in Australia.  Organisations can include community groups or businesses and they can be recognised for a range of anti-racism work including education and prevention.

Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award

The Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award is awarded to a person or not-for-profit community-based organisation with a track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community on a not-for-profit basis.

Media Award - sponsored by Telstra

The Media Award is awarded for any published work in the media which has been broadcast in Australia.  This can include television and radio programs, documentaries, and print and online articles.