Appointment of new Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Release Date: 
11 February 2016
Media release

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC - Attorney General

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash - Minister for Women

Today we announce the appointment of Ms Kate Jenkins as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner for a term of five years.

Ms Jenkins has an outstanding record in advancing gender equality and as a human rights leader more broadly. This has been demonstrated in particular through her current role as Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

Ms Jenkins has worked closely with a wide range of organisations, including the Victoria Police, to address issues of entrenched discrimination and harassment. Significantly, she established the Victorian Male Champions of Change strategy, building on the national program established by the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick. She has also advanced gender equality in all areas of life with a particular focus on diversity in sport, through the Fair Go Sport and Play By the Rule campaigns.

Ms Jenkins is also a former partner at one of the top law firms in the Asia Pacific, Herbert Smith Freehills, where she led an equal opportunity and diversity practice.

We are deeply impressed by Ms Jenkins’ leadership on issues of sex discrimination and sexual harassment and thank her for agreeing to bring her dedication and energy to the national stage.

We look forward to Ms Jenkins’ contribution to the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission where she will extend her productive relationships across the Australian Government and the broader Australian community, building on the outstanding work of her predecessor, Ms Elizabeth Broderick AO. Supporting women to participate in the workforce is an economic and social priority for the Government.

Harnessing the power of our most important capital – our human capital – will ensure we secure our economic future.

Ms Jenkins CV is attached.