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Smith, Fiona

AM, 2012 Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Occupation
Barrister, Disability rights activist and Lawyer

Summary

Born with a disability, Fiona Smith has tried throughout her life to use her 'personal experiences to build bridges with other people whilst guarding against being typecast' (Our Community Leaders website). A qualified barrister and mediator she has played a leading role in many community and government organisations including as Chair, Equal Opportunity Commission (Victoria) (2004 to 2008) and Executive Chair, Business Licensing Authority (Victoria). She is a patron of the Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women's Coalition, a Non-Executive Director of Yooralla and Policy and Research Advisor with Trust for Nature.

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Events

1985 - 1988
Chair - Resources Building for Small Organisations Project
1998 - 2009
Chair - Business Licensing Authority (Victoria)
2003
Centenary Medal - Received for her contribution to the Victorian justice system
2003 - 2008
Chair - Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria
2012
Inducted onto Victorian Honour Roll of Women
2017
Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia - Received for significant service to the community as an advocate for human rights and social justice issues.

Caitlin Stone

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