• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE5311

Smith, Fiona

  • Occupation Barrister, Disability rights activist, Lawyer


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.


  • 2003 - 2008

    Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria

  • 2012 - 2012

    Inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

  • 1998 - 2009

    Business Licensing Authority (Victoria)

  • 1985 - 1988

    Resources Building for Small Organisations Project

  • 2003 - 2003

    Received for her contribution to the Victorian justice system

    Centenary Medal
  • 2017 - 2017

    Received for significant service to the community as an advocate for human rights and social justice issues.

    Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

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