Release type: Joint Media Release


Respect at uni: Study into antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and the experience of First Nations people


The Hon Jason Clare MP
Minister for Education
The Hon Andrew Giles MP
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

The Albanese Government is announcing a study into antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and the experience of First Nations people in the university sector. 

The study responds to a recommendation of the Australian Universities Accord and will be led by the Race Discrimination Commissioner Giridharan Sivaraman, with support from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

The study will examine the prevalence and impact of racism in universities and develop recommendations to ensure a safe environment for students and staff.

The study will consult with students, stakeholder groups and education providers.

The Commissioner will establish a reference group of respected leaders from the Jewish community, Muslim community, First Nations Australians and CALD communities with experience studying, working in, and leading universities. 

The study will provide an interim report to be delivered by 31 December 2024 and a final report by 30 June 2025.

This is part of the reforms the Albanese Government will implement in response to the Universities Accord final report. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare

“There is no place for antisemitism, Islamophobia or any type of racism in our universities, or anywhere else, and there is nothing more important than the safety of students and staff on campus. 

“This study responds to a recommendation of the Universities Accord and will help to make our universities safer places for students and staff.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Andrew Giles: 

“Regardless of the language you speak, the country you were born in or the faith you practice, everyone should feel as though they belong and are safe on campus. 

“For a decade, the former Liberal government failed to act on rising discrimination faced by faith and CALD communities. 

“Alongside the Government’s other commitments to tackle racism and discrimination across the country, this study is an important step in turning the page and stamping out antisemitism, Islamophobia and racism everywhere.”