Member Notices

UPR Consultations

31 October

Australia's upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations. The UPR provides a number of opportunities for NGO involvement.  A number of stakehodlers are working to co-ordinate a Joint NGO Report on behalf of a large coalition of NGOs representing the breadth of civil society in Australia. Experience has shown that we get better outcomes when we coordinate report-writing and advocacy with UN mechanisms.  

As part of this, a number of consultations are taking place across Australia. 

Ageing well: housing solutions for older Australians

Tue, 25/11/2014 - 09:30

The Duxton Hotel, Ballroom A
1 St Georges Terrace

This AHURI event will shine the spotlight on the important issues of housing older people. Mr Grahame Searle (Director General, WA Department of Housing), Professor Bruce Judd (AHURI Research Centre—University of NSW) and Associate Professor Rachel Ong (AHURI Research Centre—Curtin University), together with a panel of distinguished experts from the community housing and aged care sectors, will discuss the issues and offer solutions to the problems based on their research and expertise.

You can register for this event at the AHURI website

Let the Voices be Heard

Fri, 27/02/2015 - 09:00

WA State Library Theatre 

Let the Voices be Heard is the 2nd National Conference of Migrant and Refugee Women in Australia. The themes are network, showcase, reflect, engage and act. 

This conference will run from the 27th-28th of February 2015. 

Registration closes on the 15th of January. you can register here.

More information about the conference is available here

Access Standards & Housing

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 09:30

Standards Australia, Level 10, 20 Bridge St, Sydney

This forum will include presentations and discussions about Indigenous mapping, wayfinding and housing; Access Standards update; communications; and accessible and equitable housing.

Registration closes on 31 October 2014 and is $50. More information here. RSVP to 

Forum ends at 4:30pm. 

Call for Nominations: CSW Government Delegation

23 October 

Colourful peace doves on left hand side with words CSW59 Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action

The Office for Women is now calling for applications from individuals and representatives of non-government organisations who are interested in being considered for inclusion as an NGO delegate on the official Australian Government delegation to the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. APPLICATIONS CLOSE SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER. 

For more information on how to apply, see the application pack

Rights & Responsibilities survey ends 31 October!

23 October 

The Australian Human Rights Commission's Rights & Responsibilities survey ends Friday, October 31!

This survey forms part of the Australian Human Rights Commission's national consultation regarding how effectively we protect people’s human rights and freedoms in Australia. The consultation will focus on building understanding and improved protection of our fundamental human rights, freedoms and responsibilities.

Launch of 50+ Report- Parliamentary Forum

Tue, 18/11/2014 - 09:30

Stranger's Lounge, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street,


Every year COTA NSW surveys people over 50 around NSW about the policy issues that affect their everyday lives. Housing is a hot topic in NSW, and COTA NSW felt it was important to research some of the related issues for older people in NSW. Some of the emerging issues in this year’s 50+ Report will reveal our findings about housing affordability, whether people are happy with where they live and whether older people feel that their homes will suit their needs as they age (housing design).

Sydney Older Women's Network (OWN) International Women's Day Festival of Ideas

Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:00

Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney

OWN's Festival of Ideas 2015: United We Stand 

The Older Women's Network (OWN) are inviting women from all walks of life to meet and talk as part of this festival. The event will also have guest speakers and key topics for discussion by participants.

Entry is free but a gold coin donation is appreciated!

For more information on OWN, visit the website.

One Month to Go! The first International Dialogue on Women in Leadership

21 October

Dark orange and grey patterned backgrounds with text "International Dialogue on Women in Leadership"

Don't miss this G20-related event. The first International Dialogue on Women in Leadership. The Dialogue will be held from 16-17 November at the Queensland Conservatorim, Griffith University, South Bank. 

Speakers include:

  • Australia's Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • The Hon Quentin Bryce AD CVO
  • Maria Atkinson AM
  • Prof Iris Bohnet
  • Winnie Byanyima, and more. 

Information on registration is available here. 

NGO Workshop and Training Session on Australia's Universal Periodic Review - Canberra

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 12:30

YWCA of Canberra, Level 5, 161 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT

A workshop to share information and insights on the UPR process, discuss key human rights issues and develop collective strategies ahead of Australia's upcoming UPR …

Australia's upcoming review by the UN Human Rights Council provides an important opportunity for Australian NGOs to encourage and influence the Australian Government to improve the protection and promotion of human rights and fulfil its international obligations.

Workshop participants will share insights and learnings from Australia's first UPR, discuss progress on the implementation of recommendations from the previous review and discuss key issues, opportunities and strategies for the upcoming UPR in 2015.

…and a training session on using international human rights in Australian advocacy

Prior to the workshop the Equality Rights Alliance will provide an introduction to the international human rights framework (with an emphasis on the rights of women) and identify methods of using international rights in a domestic setting.

Date: Thursday 27 November 2014  

Time: 12:30 – 1pm - Lunch

                 1 – 2pm - Using International Human Rights in Australian Advocacy

             2:15 – 5pm - General NGO UPR Workshop

RSVP: by Wednesday 19 November to Alyssa Shaw at Please specify if you would like to attend both the training and workshop events. 

Please contact Alyssa Shaw at in relation to any access requirements.

 This workshop is presented by the National Association of Community Legal Centres, The Human Rights Law Centre, Kingsford legal Centre, the National Women's Alliances and the Equality Rights Alliance. Thanks to YWCA of Canberra for providing us with a venue.

 For more information about the UPR and workshops in other cities/towns please visit the National Association of Legal Communities website.

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