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A shared commitment to equality for all Victorians drives the Commission's team. Our leadership group brings together expertise in the law, education, policy, dispute resolution, communication and effective delivery of public services.

Our organisation

Our team brings together experienced staff across policy, the law, dispute resolution, education and communications. Our Board of Governance comprises up to seven members appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.


The Executive Branch provides strategic and administrative support to the Commissioner and Executive Director, manages relationships with key government stakeholders, coordinates work flow and provides a secretariat function to the board.

Education and Engagement

The Education and Engagement Branch provides a range of services, including tailored and innovative digital information and education, face-to-face training and consultancy, community capacity building and workplace solutions. These services aim to reduce discrimination, overcome systemic and attitudinal barriers and incorporate an approach to service delivery and decision-making that is based on human rights.

Legal and Dispute Resolution

The Legal and Dispute Resolution Branch leads our dispute resolution service, its court and tribunal intervention, Charter of Human Rights reporting and investigation functions. It also provides expert legal advice to other teams within the Commission.

Policy and Research

The Policy and Research Branch identifies and addresses systemic equal opportunity and human rights issues in Victoria by providing policy advice and conducting best-practice research. The branch also leads the Commission’s reviews of organisational programs and practices to determine compliance with the Equal Opportunity Act and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.

Communications and Campaigns

The Communications and Campaigns Branch manages campaigns to increase awareness, build compliance, and maintain a strong public voice on human rights and equal opportunity issues. The branch manages media liaison and provides specialist expertise and communication services across all of our functions.

Corporate Services

The Corporate Services Branch supports and enables a professional, engaged and high-performing workforce and culture, and provides organisational support for our finance, people and culture, information management and technology, and office administration functions.

Executive team

Kristen Hilton – Commissioner

Kristen commenced her role as Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner on 1 June 2016. Responsible for setting a high-impact policy agenda, Kristen leads the Commission and works with the board and leadership team to define and progress the organisation’s strategic objectives.

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Leadership team