Justine Vaisutis – Head of Education and Engagement
Justine Vaisutis started as the Head of Education and Engagement in 2016. In this role Justine and her talented team provide advice and training to individuals, organisations and businesses on discrimination and human rights.
Justine and her team’s work with organisations focuses on how they can overcome systemic and attitudinal barriers to eliminate discrimination and uphold human rights, including by bringing a human rights-based approach to their service delivery and decision-making.
Justine has 10 years’ experience in organisational change and is passionate about creating more diverse and equitable workplaces. She has led initiatives in large organisations to advance Indigenous representation and gender equity and to promote and enforce ethical behaviour.
Justine has also worked in many roles requiring complex cultural reviews of workplaces, assessing under-performing business functions, facilitating dispute resolutions and developing workplace policies for a range of employers, including government departments, universities, ASX-listed companies, international non-government organisations and small businesses.
Prior to her work in organisational change, Justine spent 10 years as a journalist, writing predominantly about human rights, cultural diversity and travel. Justine has a Masters of Law and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration (Executive).
Amy Rogers – Acting Head of Policy and Research
Amy joined the Commission in 2018 and commenced as the acting Head of Policy and Research in November 2019. In her current role, Amy and her team work to build a strong evidencebase and develop policy solutions to protect and promote human rights in Victoria. The team undertakes major reviews, projects and advocates for changes to law and policy to improve human rights outcomes for Victorians.
Amy is a lawyer, with over 10 years' of legal, policy and advocacy experience at the state, federal and international levels.
Amy’s career has focused on supporting individuals and communities facing serious challenges in the exercise and experience of their human rights in Australia and overseas.
Before joining the Commission, Amy held a senior policy and research role at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, where she led the Commission’s work on preventing child sexual abuse in youth and immigration detention.
Before that, Amy practiced law as a solicitor at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers in their pro bono practice. Amy has also held advisory roles at the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Mongolian National Human Rights Commission. These roles have included a focus on closed environments and promoting compliance with international human rights law and utilising UN human right mechanisms.
Amy is particularly interested in innovative ways to bring about systemic change by drawing on the law, evidence-driven research, policy, campaigns and advocacy.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydney University and is currently completing her Masters of Public International Law at Melbourne University. Amy is also a 2019 Churchill Fellow with a research focus on international best practice legal and regulatory models that address the gender pay gap.