Magda Szubanski to host the 2016 Human Rights Awards

Date: 
Monday 21 November 2016

Hold on to your hats – one of Australia’s most beloved actors and stage performers, Magda Szubanski, will be hosting this year’s Australian Human Rights Awards on 9 December!

An author, producer, television presenter and much more, Magda is best known for her roles in Happy Feet and the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Babe; as well as for playing Sharon Strzelecki on Kath and Kim, widely acknowledged as the most successful comedy in Australian television history.

As well as winning our hearts on screen, Magda is a passionate and high profile advocate and campaigner for LGBTI+ rights and marriage equality. Her openness and transparency about the personal challenges she has faced as an openly gay woman has made Magda a role model for the Australian community.

We have an inspiring programme lined up which is sure to make this year’s Awards, which also marks the 30th anniversary of the Australian Human Rights Commission, an unforgettable event.

Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs will give a short address to open the Awards ceremony.

Dame Quentin Bryce, former Governor-General and Sex Discrimination Commissioner, will deliver the keynote address paying special tribute to 30 years of human rights in Australia.

Aboriginal singer and songwriter Archie Roach will be performing at the Awards. He is a multi-award winning artist who has won several ARIAs and the Commission’s songwriting Award in 1990 for ‘Took the Children Away’.

Join us at the 2016 Human Rights Awards on Friday 9 December from 12 to 3pm at the Westin Hotel Sydney. 

Tickets are on sale now and include 2-course lunch and beverages.

Purchase your ticket today!

Human Rights Awards 2018 Nomination Form

Conditions of entry

To be eligible for nomination, entrants must have made a significant contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights IN AUSTRALIA and been active in this area between August 2017 and August 2018.

All nominations must include the application form along with supporting documentation.

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

Please select ONE of the following Award categories *
Nominee details - details of the person or organisation being nominated
* This is the name/s of the individual, organisation, government body or business that will appear on the medal or award if the nominee wins
This is the name that you would like to appear on the medal or award if the nominee wins.
Tell us about the business you are nominating

How has the business contributed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia? Please provide a short written explanation with your nomination.

Examples can 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

We want to understand how the business you are nominating impacts human rights, for example, through:

  • Programs and initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to responsible business practices
  • Business protection and promotion of human rights within direct operational control as well as across the value chain
  • Implementation of initiatives that have a positive impact on the broader community and help generate long term change
  • Business actions focused on prevention of human rights abuse as well as promotion of human rights

Where possible, please provide quantitative and/or qualitative evidence of the outcomes of the work, program or initiative (e.g. case studies, reports, testimony, etc).

Tell us about the person or organisation you are nominating

How have they contributed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia? Please provide a short written explanation with your nomination.

Examples can 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
Supporting Documentation

This could include media stories such as newspaper articles, biographies, written references and contact details for any referees.

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If you prefer to send supporting information by post, please check this box. Supporting documentation can be posted to Human Rights Awards, Australian Human Rights Commission, GPO Box 5218 Sydney NSW 2001.
Announcement of winner

Should your nomination be successful, you must be available to accept the award at the ceremony on Friday 14 December 2018 in Sydney.

Please note, by entering the Human Rights Awards you agree that your name, organisation and details of your supporting material could be published in publicity material for the Human Rights Awards. If you do not wish for these details to be published please email hrawards@humanrights.gov.au

Declaration by person lodging this nomination

I/we confirm, that I/we have read and understand the requirements which relate to my/our nomination category. Where the nominee is an individual, I/we confirm that the nominee is an Australian citizen or permanent resident and that the Young person was under 25 on 30 September 2018.

I/we understand that the judge’s decision is final and that no correspondence will be entered into.

If further information is required, I/we agree to be contacted via phone or email.

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