Human Rights Law Centre
Protecting and promoting human rights in Australia via legal action, advocacy, research and capacity building.
Human Rights Law Centre protects and promotes human rights in Australia via legal action, advocacy, research and capacity building. The centre’s Indigenous Rights Unit is seeking funding to help remote Western Australian Aboriginal communities facing forced closure to understand their rights and to engage with the WA Government on decisions that will affect their future.
Funds raised: $46,661
In 2014, the Western Australia Premier triggered community outrage by announcing the forced closure of up to 150 remote communities in WA. Human Rights Law Centre pitched at The Funding Network in Melbourne in October 2015 and raised $46,661 which has been used to encourage the WA government to modify its position and adopt a more consultative approach to remote communities.
By July 2016 the Regional Development Minister released a plan to reform the provision of services to remote communities and made a promise that no Aboriginal person would be forced to leave their land. While important questions remain around implementation of the plan and concerns persist that essential services may be withdrawn, the funding facilitated through The Funding Network is enabling the Homelands Coalition - a group of 20 organisations working collaboratively and strategically to prevent the threatened closures - to share information, resources and strategy about the government reform process. Advocacy with state and federal government representatives has been amplified through the collective vision and voices of the Coalition and achieved a more consultative and constructive approach by the Western Australian government.
Read their Impact Report