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Our people

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.

Human Rights Victoria Staff

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

Ro Allen – Commissioner

Ro commenced their role as Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner on 1 June 2021. Ro brings more than 25 years of experience in community services, governance and social justice. Responsible for setting a high-impact policy agenda, Ro 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

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Level 3, 204 Lygon Street Carlton Victoria 3053

General enquiries

1300 891 848

Enquiry line
1300 292 153 or (03) 9032 3583

1300 152 494

NRS Voice Relay
1300 555 727 then use 1300 292 153

Media enquiries
0447 526 642

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission acknowledge we work on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We also work remotely and serve communities on the lands of other Traditional Custodians.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.