Indigenous Peoples – Australia Program

Participating in DTP trainings has kept me up to date with developments in Indigenous human rights and mechanisms, and I was able to transfer this knowledge onto my colleagues and networks. The courses taught me how to advocate effectively on the rights of Indigenous peoples and has made a positive impact, as my community have learnt more about their rights.

About the program

DTP’s first Indigenous peoples’ rights program with Australian Indigenous community advocates was in 1990, in Alice Springs at the request of Indigenous leaders with José Ramos-Horta and Professor Garth Nettheim. They wanted to learn about international human rights standards and how to hold Australian governments accountable.

From 2004, DTP, reengaged more strategically in Indigenous peoples’ rights advocacy capacity building in partnership with Oxfam Australia. This focussed initially on support for DTP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Indigenous Peoples' programs held in Australia. These programs linked Indigenous rights advocacy in the region and in Australia.

With the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), DTP was funded by Oxfam Australia, Amnesty International and Fred Hollows Foundation to develop and deliver programs in Australia with Indigenous community advocates. Programs were held in Western Australia, Victoria, Northern Territory and Queensland.

There were specific programs to prepare delegates for participation in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), on the Right to Health and for Indigenous youth advocates.

Last activity

Key Issues

  • Racism
  • Health
  • Incarceration
  • Land Rights
  • Recognition / Treaty / Sovereignty
  • Free Prior and Informed Consent



Links and resources

A quick-reference guide from DTP to help human rights advocates identify the international law instruments and assistance available to Indigenous Peoples depending on their circumstances.
This animation video from AIPP introduces the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for indigenous peoples.
A guide for community advocates from Oxfam Australia and DTP.

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