Nominations

The Human Rights Awards recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of individuals, organisations and businesses to the field of human rights each year.

We are calling for nominations for people, organisations, government agencies and businesses that have made significant contributions to human rights in Australia. While some nominees might be well-known, most are just ordinary people making a difference to human rights outcomes in their work or community.

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

Nominations can be submitted under nine categories: the Human Rights Medal, the Young People’s Human Rights Medal, Law Award, Business Award, ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award, Government Award, Community Organisation Award, Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award and the Media Award.

For any questions about the Awards, please contact us at hrawards@humanrights.gov.au or phone (02) 9284 9779.

 

Eligibility

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 category, an individual application form for each award category must be submitted.

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.

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 assistance submitting a nomination, please call 02 9284 9779.


Medal and awards categories

Human Rights Medal 

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 

The Young People’s Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual under the age of 25 years (on 30 September 2018) and who has made an outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in Australia.

Law Award

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

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 Australia.

Government Award

The Government Award recognises a local, state, territory or federal government body that has contributed to the advancement and protection 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 or individual 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.

Community Organisation Award

Awarded to a non-government or community-based organisation with a proven track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community on a not-for-profit basis.

Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award

The Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Award is awarded to an individual who has a track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community on a not-for-profit basis.

Media Award

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.

 

Judging process

The judging process will be overseen by a judging panel made up of people from relevant sections of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and at least one independent representative from either the community, government or business.

The judging panel'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 in the year.

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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I will supply further information by post
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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