Former Sex Discrimination chief to chair sports commission

Former Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has been appointed as the new Chair of the Australian Sports Commission.

Kate Jenkins: exciting time for Australian sport

Announcing the appointment, Sports minister Anika Wells described Ms Jenkins as an accomplished leader with 30 years’ experience across human rights, discrimination, law and sport.

Her experience includes roles as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, an employment law partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and chair of the Creative Workplaces Council.

Ms Jenkins has also led key sport reforms, including the independent review of Gymnastics in Australia, served on the board of AFL club Carlton and chaired the sport initiative Play by the Rules.

She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her contribution to human rights governance, gender equity, the promotion of inclusivity, and the law.  

“Kate Jenkins is an outstanding administrator who has improved systems and sectors throughout a decorated career that includes significant reforms in sport,” Ms Wells said.

“Ms Jenkins’ background in human rights and as Sex Discrimination Commissioner will be invaluable for the sporting community.

Ms Jenkins, who will serve in the role for a five year term, said her appointment came at an exciting time for Australian sport.

“The ASC plays an incredibly important national leadership role – for all sports and all Australians,” she said.

“Through its work increasing participation for Australians and supporting performance at the highest levels, I know the ASC helps unite, inspire and connect Australia.

“If we can harness the opportunities ahead of us, I’m confident Australia’s sporting system can be the world’s best.”

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