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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10705092
Australian Human Rights Commission Closing date: Friday, 5 May 2017
Job Title: President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Sydney - NSW
Classification: Statutory Appointment
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Agency Website:

Job Description


Applications are sought from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the statutory position of President of the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission). Please note that this position is established by, and the occupant employed under, the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (the Act).

The Commission’s functions are outlined in the Act and other Commonwealth anti-discrimination legislation. They include promoting community awareness of human rights, investigating human rights issues of national importance, conciliating complaints of unlawful discrimination, reviewing legislation for compliance with human rights, and advising the Government on legislation and policy relating to human rights.

Applicants should have significant experience with human rights issues. Although they should have a familiarity with the Act and with Commonwealth anti-discrimination law, it is not a requirement that applicants be legally qualified. Fields of professional experience may include the law and other professions, government, public policy, NGOs, academia, the media and the private sector.

Applicants should have the capacity to lead and manage a large and complex organisation. They should have a capacity to deal with dispute-resolution, in furtherance of the Commission’s complaint-handling function. The role of the President also involves public advocacy of human rights issues, working constructively with Government to advance human rights issues, and being accountable to the Parliament through its committees.

The position of President is a statutory position in respect of which remuneration and allowances are determined by the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal.


Prospective applicants may direct enquiries about the position to the Attorney-General’s Department, on (02) 6141 3413 or

Applications showing qualifications, experience and expertise, together with contact details, must be emailed to by 5:00 pm AEST on 5 May 2017.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified task

The appointment may be for a period of up to seven years. The expected commencement date of this appointment is July 2017.

To Apply

Selection Documentation:
Position Contact: Emma Swinbourne, 02 6141 3413
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS17-Fri - 21 Apr 2017 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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