Research, articles and general information

Anti-Racism – What Works?

The Centre for Social Change & Social Equity at Murdoch University conducted an evaluation into the effectiveness of anti-racism strategies for the Office of Multicultural Interests (pdf document)

Australian Catholic Social Justice Council: Confronting Racism

This website provides discussion guides, media releases, papers and external resources in relation to confronting racism.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Race Discrimination section of the website contains general information about race discrimination, links to current and past projects, publications and news stories. Particular resources of interest include:
Face the Facts: Some questions and answers about indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
Principles to promote and protect the human rights of international students

Building social cohesion in our communities

This free, interactive online resource supports local governments to build strong, socially cohesive communities. Developed by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government for the Australian Human Rights Commission under the National Anti-Racism Strategy, the resource aims to help local governments to:

  • Understand their communities and measure their strengths and weaknesses
  • Engage their communities and build partnerships between key stakeholders
  • Prevent and respond to incidents of racism or conflict between groups if they arise
  • Strategically plan for the needs of their communities now and into the future, and
  • Monitor, evaluate and share outcomes.

The resource is structured around the five elements of building social cohesion based on international best practice. It features case studies from local governments around Australia, tips for implementing good practice at the local level and links to further resources.
Building Social Cohesion in our Communities is available here

Building resilience in the face of racism - options for anti-racism strategies

research paper on building resilience in those at risk of racism developed under the auspice of the Sydney Social Justice Network (pdf document)

Challenging Racism Project

The project, run by the University of Western Sydney, has conducted research into the nature of racism in Australian society. This website includes national level findings of the research, links to relevant publications and information on anti-racism initiatives and campaigns run by the university.

Collaborative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

This centre developed a research paper on The Impact of Racism on Indigenous Health (pdf document).

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This website contains information on the international law pertaining to racial discrimination, the status of ratification of relevant international instruments and links to relevant organisations and publications.

Deakin University: Reconfiguring Anti-Racism

This Deakin University conference, held on 9-10 December, brings together scholars who study anti-racism, intercultural or race relations across a range of disciplines and geographical regions. Their website provides links to relevant research. 

Diversity Council Australia

The Diversity Council Australia has conducted research into several aspects of cultural diversity, including the representation of people from different cultural backgrounds in leadership roles in Australia.

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. It is also a member of the National Anti-Racism Partnership. FECCA’s resources page contains links to several articles and reports on topics related to racism and cultural diversity.

Healing Wounds of the Heart 

In this 27-minute video funded by the Australian Research Council, respected Aboriginal community members and Elders speak about their experiences and understanding of racism, and offer advice to future generations of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. 

Right Now: Human Rights in Australia 

This website contains a selection of articles on issues concerning racism and race discrimination in Australia.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is a specialised body of the UN, whose purpose is to promote global peace and security by facilitating international collaboration through education, science and culture. A search for ‘racism’ on the website produces thousands of results, including UN reports and research papers relating to racism.

VicHealth: Discrimination, Diversity and Health 

This webpage discusses some of the health impacts of racism, as well as the wider impacts of discrimination and intolerance. This page also contains links to research and other resources on this topic.  Publications of particular relevant include:
Review of bystander approaches in support of preventing race-based discrimination
Choosing to act: How Victorians can prevent race-based discrimination and support cultural diversity
Racism and its links to young people’s health

Victorian Multicultural Commission - Challenging Racism

This webpage on the Victorian Multicultural Commission website provides articles and research from various organisations that relate to racism.

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