Ro Allen (they/them)

A professional photograph of Ro Allen

As Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, Ro Allen works to uphold Victorians’ rights, promote accountability and build a fairer, safer and more inclusive community. In their 25 years’ involved in community services, governance and social justice, Ro has served as inaugural Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities where they worked to promote the safety and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ Victorians, advocate for their rights, and provide strategic
advice to the Victorian Government.

Ro has held a range of leadership roles, including chairing the Victorian Adult, Community and Further Education Board and Youth Affairs Council Victoria, and serving as Commissioner on the Victorian Skills Commission. As founding CEO of UnitingCare in Shepparton, Ro worked at grassroots level to develop and support Aboriginal self-determination, refugee settlement, and family violence and mental health initiatives, as well as emergency disaster responses.

Ro was inducted into the Victorian Government Honour Roll for Women in 2009, has a Centenary Medal for services for young people and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.