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Fiona Smith

I am rewarded by, and gain energy from, working with passionate and creative people to rebalance the civic scales of justice.

Inducted:
2012
Category:
Honour Roll

Fiona Smith has been at the forefront of social justice practice and regulatory innovation for over twenty years.

As a public interest lawyer, Fiona has a rare combination of knowledge and experience across a broad canvas of the business and community sectors. This knowledge has been applied in regulatory, quasi-judicial, human rights, consumer and community environments.

As Chairperson for the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria (2003-2008), Fiona oversaw the introduction of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act, a ground-breaking reform for the state.

As Chairperson of Victoria's Business Licensing Authority from 1998 to 2009, Fiona led a significant part of Victoria's regulatory reform.

Her three years as Chair of the Resources Building for Small Organisations Project (1985-1988) resulted in the establishment of Ross House, an important resource for self-help groups in Melbourne which continues today.

Fiona was instrumental in establishing the organisation Disability Attendant Support Services Inc. She maintains strong links with the community sector including current board appointments as Director of Yooralla, Charter Member of Brotherhood of St

Laurence and Director, Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre Limited.

In 2003, Fiona was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to the Victorian justice system.

Reviewed 25 May 2022

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