Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.
As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.
Her review into the treatment of women in the Australia Defence Force led to sweeping cultural reforms.
She also established and convenes the globally recognised ‘Male Champions of Change’ strategy, enlisting a ‘who’s who’ of powerful male leaders to tackle workplace gender inequality. She is a powerful and influential voice in the struggle for gender equality, enlisting both women and men as agents of change.
She is currently leading a review into culture in the Residential Colleges at the University of Sydney.
On 29th September 2017, Elizabeth was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva as an Independent Expert and member of the Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice.
Elizabeth is a member of the AFP Advisory Board and the Victorian Police Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Council of the Order of Australia.
In 2016 Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and was named 2016 NSW Australian of the Year. She holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and the University of Technology Sydney and Honorary Doctorates from Deakin, Edith Cowan and Griffith Universities.