AHRI Award Patrons

Graeme Innes AM

Graeme Innes AM is a lawyer, author, and company director.

He is the Chancellor of CQUniversity, and a member of the boards of the National Disability Insurance Agency and the State Insurance Regulatory Authority of NSW.

Graeme’s autobiography Finding a Way became a best seller in 2016. A human rights practitioner for more than 40 years, he is a sought-after conference presenter and facilitator.

During his 16 years at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Graeme was responsible for disability and race discrimination, and human rights. He worked as a hearing commissioner and deputy commissioner and, for nine years, was a commissioner.

Internationally, Graeme was a key member of the Australian delegation that negotiated the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Graeme has been recognised widely for his work as a human rights activist receiving four honorary doctorates and an AM for his work on the Disability Discrimination Act. He was also a finalist for Australian of the Year in 1997.

Graeme is married with two adult children, loves cricket as a spectator and sailing as a participant. He relaxes by enjoying fine Australian white wine.

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