Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
Kristen Hilton believes that every person, regardless of their gender, sexuality, age, ability, race or religion should have equal opportunity to live a meaningful life underscored by respect and value.
Kristen grew up as one of five girls in country Victoria and moved to Melbourne to complete a Law/Arts degree at Melbourne University. Kristen worked in corporate law as an industrial relations lawyer before pursuing a career in social justice and human rights. Kristen was the CEO of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (now Justice Connect) before joining the executive team at Victoria Legal Aid.
Kristen is a Churchill Fellow and in 2007 spent time in Geneva, South Africa and the USA investigating the right to adequate housing. Kristen was named the LIV Community Lawyer of the Year in 2006 and was the recipient of the inaugural NAB Access to Justice Award.
In 2016 Kristen was appointed as Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. As Commissioner, Kristen’s role is to promote and protect human rights and equality across the state and lead the Commission’s work in creating a rights respecting culture within organisations, governments and communities.
Kristen and her partner, Jack are the parents of their three lively children.