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Meet the Commissioner

Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins is Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner and a member of the Australian Human Rights Commission.  Her purpose is to advance gender equality and the rights of LGBTIQ+ communities, consistent with the Sex Discrimination Act and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Kate is the Chair of the Respect@Work Council and leads action to implement the Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces Report (2020), including conducting the 2022 National sexual harassment survey. Kate leads the Commission’s collaborative projects on cultural reform with the Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force.  Kate’s other projects include: Change the Course: national survey sexual harassment and sexual assault at Australian universities (2017); Change the Routine: Review of Gymnastics in Australia (2021); and Set the Standard: Independent Review of Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (2021). She is also an Ambassador for the FIFA2023 Women’s World Cup.

Prior to joining the Commission, Kate spent three years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, 20 years as lead equal opportunity partner with Herbert Smith Freehills and many years serving on the boards of Berry Street Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Carlton Football Club.

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Seeking Expressions of Interest for next Sex Discrimination Commissioner

The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the full-time statutory position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. 
 The Sex Discrimination Commissioner is responsible for the promotion and...

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Time for respect: One third of workers say they have experienced sexual harassment

A major survey by the Australian Human Rights Commission has found one in three workers report having experienced sexual harassment in their workplace over the past five years. The survey found that reporting of workplace sexual harassment remains alarmingly low, at only 18%. Women (41%) were far...

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Passage of ‘Respect@Work’ Bill is a major step in preventing harassment

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomed the passage through Federal Parliament today of the ‘Respect at Work’ Bill – a milestone in addressing workplace sexual harassment in Australia. The Bill creates a positive duty requiring employers to implement measures to prevent sexual harassment...

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