Fiona Smith is a lawyer and a former Chairperson of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, where she led the Commission’s implementation of Victoria’s Human Rights Charter.
Fiona continues to use her legal skills to advance social justice causes, including advancing the interests of people with disabilities. One of her proudest community service achievements as a woman with disability includes her work to help with pioneering individual choice and control for people with disabilities through the establishment and development of Australia's first consumer controlled in-home personal care service in the 1980s (Disability Attendant Support Service Inc). The principles and type of service model developed are now recognised as central to successful implementation of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme.
- International perspectives on personalised social care