White Paper on Artificial Intelligence: Governance and Leadership


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The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting a project on Human Rights and New Technology (the Project). As part of the Project, the Commission and the World Economic Forum are working together to explore models of governance and leadership on artificial intelligence (AI) in Australia.

This White Paper in PDF and in Word has been produced to support a consultation process that aims to identify how Australia can simultaneously foster innovation and protect human rights – as we see unprecedented growth in new technologies, such as AI. The White Paper complements the broader issues raised in the Commission’s Human Rights and Technology Issues Paper in PDF and here in Word. The consultation conducted on the Issues Paper and White Paper will inform the Commission’s proposals for reform, to be released in mid-2019.

The White Paper asks whether Australia needs an organisation to take a central role in promoting responsible innovation in AI and related technology and, if so, what that organisation could look like.

Click here to view submissions to the White Paper

Human Rights and Technology Project

The Australian Human Rights Commissioner is leading a project focusing on human rights and technology.  More information about the Human Rights and Technology Project is available here.

Easy to read information on the focus areas of this project can be found in the links below.

Human rights and technology

Responsible innovation

Decision-making and artificial intelligence

Accessible technology


Consultation Process

An Issues Paper on Human Rights and Technology was published in July 2018. Consultations on the Issues Paper have now closed. Click here to view Submissions  received in response to the Issues Paper. 

A White Paper, co-authored with the World Economic Forum on Artificial Intelligence, Governance and Leadership, was published in early 2019.  Consultations are now closed.

A Discussion Paper will be published in second half of 2019.  The Australian Human Rights Commission will be conducting consultations on the Discussion Paper proposals.

A Final Report and recommendations will be published by early 2020. Following publication, the Commission will focus on implementation of the Final Report.

For more information about participating in the consultation process please contact us at tech@humanrights.gov.au or Ph (02) 9284 9600 or TTY 1800 620 241.