- Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Act 1986 – establishing the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission. Currently presided over by Gillian Triggs
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975 – Koowarta v Bjelke Peterson 1982; Eatock v. Bolt 2011
- Sex Discrimination Act 1984
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992 – Finney v. Hills Grammar School 1999 (1998 before the HREOC)
- Age Discrimination Act 2004
- Enforcement lies with the Human Rights Commission, a non-judicial body that cannot award damages or sanction. (Also criticisms about how the HRC cannot be held to account, and is non-democratic)
- Complaints against human rights violations can be brought before the HRC
- Due to parliamentary sovereignty, Parl can easily amend or dissolve these, and hence endanger these rights
- However, this means that these rights are democratically enacted, and can be easily changed to reflect societal attitudes.
- Statutory rights have no other status higher than ordinary law: it can be overruled/suspended by future legislation.
- Hence, statutory rights are not very effective in protecting rights.