• Pat Anderson - 2016  Human Rights Medal Winner
  • Arash Bordbar
  • Jane Rosengrave - 2016 Winner Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award
  • Anna Cody - 2016 Winner Law Award


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

2016 Human Rights Medallist is Pat Anderson AO, and Young People’s Human Rights Medallist is Arash Bordbar.

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

Nominations for the 2017 Human Rights Awards will open in June.

We will be calling for nominations for people, organisations and businesses across eight categories: the Human Rights Medal, the Young People’s Medal, Law Award, Business Award, ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award, Tony Fitzgerald Community Award for Organisations, Tony Fitzgerald Community Award for Individuals and the Media Award.

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