The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO
The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO was born in Brisbane in 1942 and spent her early years in Ilfracombe, a small town in Central Western Queensland. In 1965, she graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Queensland and, in the same year, was admitted to the Queensland Bar. She has since enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland, and was the first woman to serve as Governor-General of Australia. (2008–14). Dame Quentin became a Patron for the LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation in 2020.
Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities
Ro Allen is an experienced and longstanding advocate for LGBTIQ Victorians and has held leadership positions in the community and government sectors.
Ro has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009.
As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Ro established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving Ro a deep understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas.
Ro is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a former Chair of the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, the Victorian Skills Commission, the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC), and the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee.
Victoria became the first state in Australia to have Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality when Ro Allen was appointed to the role in 2015, after decades of championing the interests of these populations.
In 2020 the title was changed to Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities, to better reflect the diversity of rainbow communities.