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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established on 8 October 2018 by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).

Public submissions are now open for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Commission issued a call for public submissions in December and will accept submissions until at least the middle of 2019. A date for the closing of submission will be announced in the second half this year.

Submissions can be made, by the following ways:

  • via the website submissions form on the Submissions page
  • by mail: Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, GPO Box 1151, Adelaide SA 5001
  • by talking to someone on our information helpline: 1800 960 711

The Commission will hold its preliminary public hearing in Adelaide on Friday, 18 January 2019 at the Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Courts Building.

The Commissioners will each make a statement setting out their vision for the operation of the Royal Commission, including the conduct of the hearings to follow. Senior Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission will make a brief opening statement. No applications for leave to appear will be entertained. No witnesses will be called.

The hearing will be streamed live through the Royal Commission's website and a transcript will be available on this site after the hearing.

The Commission will commence hearing evidence from witnesses from February. Details about those hearings will be announced later this month. Applications for leave to appear at those hearings can be made in accordance with practice guidelines, which will be published on the Commission's website.

You can join the Commission's mailing list to receive regular e-mail updates on the Commission activities by registering online.

20th Anniversary of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998

2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 20th anniversary of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998. On 11 December 2018, as part of Human Rights Week, Equal Opportunity Tasmania and invited guests celebrated these milestones and thanked those helping to drive such important legislation. Terese Henning (Associate Professor in Law at UTas and the Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute) delivered the keynote speech.

Let's make Tasmania the kind state

Kindness Rally Let's Make Tasmania the Kind State

The Kindness Rally, held as part of Human Rights Week on Friday 7 December was a heartening, inspiring and encouraging event with so many Tasmanian's turning out to support making Tasmania the kind state.

The event celebrated and recognised those who contribute daily to making Tasmania a kinder place to live, by working to combat homelessness, gender-based violence, elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, illiteracy, modern-day slavery, exploitation, discrimination, harassment and offshore detention.

Many making a pledge on the day to continue our journey towards making Tasmania the kind state and spreading the message of kindness to everyone.

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 30th anniversary of the Tasmanian Human Rights Week Organising Committee and the 20th anniversary of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act 1998.

National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

On 20 June 2018, Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, announced a National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

The Commission wants to hear from as many people as they can in conducting the National Inquiry. To facilitate this, the National Inquiry will involve a submission process, as well as public consultations held in all Australian capital cities and a number of regional cities later in 2018.

Hobart consultation

The first consultations were held in Hobart on Wednesday 26 September.

If you have any questions, please contact the National Inquiry team at SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or (02) 9284 9750 or visit the National Inquiry website


Expungement of Historical Homosexual and Cross-Dressing Offences

The expungement of historical offences scheme has recently commenced in Tasmania.  The scheme enables charges and convictions for homosexual and cross-dressing offences that would not be a criminal offence today to be effectively removed from a person's official criminal record.

For further information, or to make a free and confidential application, go to EHOS website, email ehos@justice.tas.gov.au or call 1300 156 545.