find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
New Sex Discrimination Commissioner appointed

New Sex Discrimination Commissioner appointed

Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins has been appointed as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner for a five-year term.

Attorney-General George Brandis QC and Minister for Women Michaelia Cash made the announcement last week.

The position has been vacant for five months since the former commissioner Elizabeth Broderick’s eight-year term came to an end on 4 September 2015.

Ms Jenkins (pictured) is the current Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner and a former partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, where she led an equal opportunity and diversity practice.

She established the Victorian Male Champions of Change strategy and contributed to advanced gender equality through the Fair Go Sport and Play By the Rule campaigns.

“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,” the statement from Attorney-General Brandis and Minister Cash read.

“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.”

Law Council of Australia president Stuart Clark AM said: “On behalf of the Australian legal profession, we welcome the appointment of Kate Jenkins as the new Sex Discrimination Commissioner.”

He continued: “Ms Jenkins’ experience as Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, and previously as a partner in the equal opportunity and diversity practice of Herbert Smith Freehills, makes her an ideal candidate to fill the vacancy.”

Mr Clark said that the Law Council is looking forward to working with Ms Jenkins and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

New Sex Discrimination Commissioner appointed
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...