Monday, 18 April 2016

Acting Commissioner appointed

Clare Morton has been appointed Acting Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, effective 18 April 2016.

Clare has been the Director of Community Operations and the Victims Support Agency in the Department of Justice and Regulation since 2008. In this position she is responsible for the Victims Services Unit (including the statewide Victims Assistance Program, the Victims Register, the Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund, the Victims of Crime Helpline and Youth Justice Group Conferencing – victims support); the Victims Policy and Strategic Projects Unit; the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit; the Child Witness Service; the Diversity Issues Unit; and the Honorary Justice Office.

Clare is a member of the Detention and Supervision Order Review Board, the Ministerial Community Advisory Committee for Corrections and the Procurement Approval Board.

Clare has law and social work degrees and previously practised as a solicitor. She also established and co-ordinated a community legal centre specialising in immigration and refugee law. Clare’s involvement in immigration and refugee law continues in a voluntary capacity as President of the Board of Refugee Legal, previously known as the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre.