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Australian Public Service

The Network

The APS Human Rights Network supports the people working in the Australian Public Service (APS) to discuss how human rights relate to their work. The Network is intended for all levels of officers across all sectors of the APS.

The Network was launched in September 2011, and now has over 700 members. The Network meets approximately three times a year to discuss contemporary human rights issues.

Interested in joining the network? Please send your name, your position, your department or agency, phone number and email address to

Human rights resources for the APS

Human rights at your fingertips

This pocket guide provides APS officers with quick reference to Australia’s human rights obligations.

Further resources are available on the AGD website – including booklets, guidance sheets and tools for assessing human rights compatibility 

Past events

The Australian Public Service and Human Rights

2 November 2015

This event, co-hosted with the Attorney General’s Department, examined the roles and responsibilities of public servants in relation to the APS Values and Code of Conduct; development of robust policy, legislation and programs for Government; and understanding the role of the Parliament – including in human rights scrutiny.

Speakers included Professor Gillian Triggs – President, Australian Human Rights Commission, Stephanie Foster PSM, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission, Greg Manning – Acting Deputy Secretary, Attorney General’s Department.

Read the speech by President Gillian Triggs
Read the speech by Stephanie Foster PSM
Read the speech by Greg Manning