Article 23 partnerships


“Through this program, we will create over 500 employment opportunities for new Australians whilst providing a diverse talent pipeline to our partners.”

– Penny Graham, Chair, CareerSeekers

The Article 23 Program

In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was ratified as a common standard for all peoples and all nations. It is a milestone document in the history of human rights that set out, for the first time, to universally protect fundamental human rights.

On 10 December 2018, celebrating 70 years since the genesis of the UDHR, CareerSeekers and 21 organisations united to make a bold statement – a measurable, long-term commitment to include humanitarian arrivals in employment strategies.

The partnerships of these 21 organisations with CareerSeekers provide local experience and employment opportunities to humanitarian entrants. They include defined commitments and measurable outcomes that will drive a new wave of social and economic development throughout Australian industries.

These partnerships are named for Article 23 of the UDHR, which forms the baseline of our commitment: 

  1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work, and to protection against unemployment.
  2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests. 

Article 23 Partners