|The Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) was established by an Act of Federal Parliament in 1986 (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (Cth)). Its aim is to encourage increased understanding and protection of human rights in Australia, as well as to address the human rights concerns of a wide range of individuals and groups in society. HREOC is an independent statutory body. It reports to federal parliament through the Attorney-General. |
HREOC consists of a President and five Commissioners. The Commission's responsibilities include matters on education and public awarenes, discrimination and human rights complaints, human rights compliance, and policy and legislative development.