Unpacking the Australian Human Rights Commission’s recommendations for AI regulation

  • The Australian Human Rights Commission's Human Rights and Technology Final Report (Report) was recently tabled in the Australian Parliament.
  • This is the culmination of a three-year national project by the Commission, and comes at a time of unprecedented technological growth and investment in AI. 
  • This article explores the report's key findings and recommends organisations introduce safeguards to minimise the risk of human rights breaches.

The Report 

The timing of the Report is particularly important as, on 18 June 2021, the Australian Government announced an A$124 million AI Action Plan to accelerate the development and adoption of new AI technologies by supporting the private sector, growing and attracting AI talent and directing AI toward solving national challenges. In this push to develop and adopt new AI and technologies it will be critically important for businesses designing and deploying AI to understand and consider the human rights implications.

We outline six of the Commission's key recommendations in respect to the use of AI, and offer guidance for companies seeking to develop or use AI technologies in Australia.

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