Western Sydney Law school dean named as new sex discrimination commissioner

Lawyers Weekly Australia

The dean of the School of Law at Western Sydney University has been appointed as the new sex discrimination commissioner, assuming the role recently vacated by Kate Jenkins.

Dr Anna Cody, who currently serves as the dean of the School of Law at Western Sydney University — a role she has held since 2019 — is set to become the nation’s new sex discrimination commissioner, having been appointed by the Albanese government.

Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr Cody served as the director of the Kingsford Legal Centre in Sydney (where she has also been a senior solicitor), was a program coordinator at Caritas Australia and for the Centre for Economic and Social Rights, and has served on various boards, including for Community Legal Centres Australia, the Legal Aid Commission NSW, and Western Sydney University Early Learning.

Outgoing sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins — who spoke on The Lawyers Weekly Show in late 2020 about workplace sexual harassment in the legal profession — congratulated Dr Cody on Twitter, calling her an “exceptional appointment”.

In a statement, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said that Dr Cody has a “deep understanding of the systemic discrimination Australian women still face” and “brings to the role a career in advocating for women and fighting discrimination”.

In her new role, the A-G said, she will promote and advance the rights of Australians by tackling discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, and all other protected attributes in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

Dr Cody will also play a critical role in the commission’s delivery of the Respect@Work report — “some of the most significant workplace reform to be undertaken in a generation”, A-G Dreyfus noted.

“I congratulate Dr Cody on her appointment and thank her for taking on this important role,” he said.

The appointment was made, the A-G’s Department noted, following a merit-based selection process.

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher, who is the president of the Human Rights Commission, welcomed the appointment of Dr Cody.

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