Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health is an NGO, a think tank that proposes innovative solutions. ACHRH believes there is no higher form of contact with humans than art. At ACHRH we use art to find community based solutions; art in service of human rights and human problems in the Australasian region.

ACHRH is a think tank made up of a  group of socially minded people. We operate on the underlying assumption that when individuals come together to take action towards attaining social change empowerment will result. ACHRH aims towards empowerment of individual women, of children and collectively of families and therefore of  the community.

Our Biggest Achievements

Today we are very proud of our NGO the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health. We have received Victorian Government’s Multicultural Award of Excellence in the area of INNOVATION . The project we submitted was our “Mutual Cultural Respect” or MCR is a highly innovative and interactive program which facilitates the sharing of mutual cultural and Australian societal/cultural values amongst people. It is a very enjoyable process with much learning and fun. The program has been designed for both new and old migrants. It focuses on important issues relating to gender sensitisation.

Many thanks to all the participants and volunteers for your support from the BOARD OF ACHRH.

In a short 4 years of our existence ACHRH has achieved many notabale goals for example started an anti-dowry Petition which brought dowry related domestic violence to the Nations attention; And then it was fully accepted by the Royal Commission into Family Violence and laws are being formulated to see how to make dowry taking an offence within the Act of Family Violence Protection in Victoria within 12 months.

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United We Stand – A new ACHRH family violence prevention project funded by Victorian Government

Congratulations to all the SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITIES. Victorian Government’s funding of project. This is a win for South Asian migrants and we welcome other migrants in as well.

“United we stand” aims to achieve ACHRH vision of an equitable and harmonious society and promotion of family harmony. Look at history of the project here.

Great story by Herald Sun’s award wining journalist Annika Smethhurst on push to introduce Federal Australian family property laws in relation to dowry given and dowry reclaiming and the strong campaign led by ACHRH to protect victims of dowry related abuse. View Here

United We Stand Launch Event

ACHRH proudly launched the “United We Stand” primary prevention Project at the Parliament with VIPs and dignitaries on 20 September. UWS Emphases family unity , prized greatly by Australian South Asian community, Facilitates community discussion on family unity and harmony around control and management of family resources and enhancing gender equality and respect . It is a collaborative partnership with seven South Asian community organisations. OMGA, AIBC, VICAT, ISCKON, SAPAC, Jhoom Bollowood, Dandenong Snr Citizens club. Workshops will be held on 1 and 8 October. They will be filmed and a DVD will be produced for future community use

ACHRH submitted that dowry plays a significant adverse role in leading to emotional and physical abuse and has harmful impacts on mental health. The Centre highlighted a greater need for awareness and education and called for Family Violence protection act to be amended to include dowry as an example of financial abuse and to make giving and taking of dowry illegal.We have won the fight against dowry! Our petition against dowry is fully accepted by the Royal Commission. Dowry demands to become an offence under the Family Violence law of Victoria within one year!

The Royal Commission and the successive Victorian Governments have supported and listened to our pleas on behalf of hundreds of voiceless women. Our petition was tabled in the Victorian Parliament 3 times with new sets of signatures and now it is LAW.

We lend our heartful gratitude for supporting the transformation of our anti-dowry petition into Law.

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