Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Castan Centre members gave evidence to the Cth’s Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

13 March 2023

On Friday 10 March, the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, represented by Director Professor Melissa Castan and Dr Katie O'Bryan (Faculty of Law), and Castan Centre associate member, Associate Professor Kate Galloway (Griffith University Law School), gave evidence to the Commonwealth Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, on its inquiry into the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Australia.

Download the submission

The public hearing held in person at Parliament House in Canberra, hoped to identify options for improving adherence to UNDRIP principles in Australia, and consider how the implementation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart can support the UNDRIP’s application.

On reflection of the hearing, Professor Melissa Castan said, "It was a privilege to be invited by the Joint Parliamentary Committee to give evidence on the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. A Voice to Parliament would be a huge step in addressing Australia’s obligations at international law, and also be able to provide expert commentary."

The submission, prepared by Centre researcher Scott Walker, Associate Professor Kate Galloway, Professor Melissa Castan, and Dr Katie O'Bryan in October 2022 is now available to download.

Download the Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.