Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Geneva
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

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Human Rights Council - 30th Regular Session

Clustered Interactive Dialogue on Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples and EMRIP

Australian Statement

22 September

Australia welcomes the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy’s Safety and Wellbeing Programme, Australia seeks to reduce offending in Indigenous communities and to support victims of domestic violence through legal and other forms of assistance.

Understanding and addressing violence against Indigenous women is a key component of Australia’s National Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Indigenous employment is a key priority. Australia is working to improve Indigenous employment rates across both the public and private sectors through programme reform and employment targets as well as partnering with some of Australia’s largest employers.

Australia supports the review of the mandate of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP). The Expert Mechanism should not duplicate the work of other UN bodies or roles, but rather complement this work by giving greater focus on methods for the achievement of the Declaration goals.

Australia welcomes the views of Member states and the SR on ways of identifying and sharing best practice on indigenous policy, specifically on increasing indigenous women’s economic empowerment, tackling domestic violence and addressing disparities of indigenous incarceration