Anna Brown - Director of Legal Advocacy


Anna Brown has worked with the HRLC since 2011, and has led much of the Centre’s work on LGBTI rights, police accountability, protester rights, and equality law reform. Her work has included strategic litigation to advance marriage equality (Cth v ACT);  recognise sex and gender diversity (Norrie’s case), and efforts to strengthen protection of political expression and assembly (Muldoon v Melbourne City CouncilAttorney-General of SA v City of Adelaide).  Major law reform projects include securing federal LGBTI discrimination protections and ongoing work to expunge historical convictions for gay sex offences in various states in Australia.

In recognition for her contribution to the LGBTI community, Anna was named Victorian GLBTI person of the year in the inaugural GLOBE community awards in November 2014, was a finalist for the Tony Fitzgerald Community Award in the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, was a finalist for Victorian Australian of the Year in 2015 and won the Tim McCoy Award in 2015.

Anna chairs the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group and Australians For Equality and is currently on the board of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and the National LGBTI Health Alliance. Anna previously worked an adviser to the former Victorian Attorney-General and Deputy Premier, the Hon Rob Hulls. She has also worked as a Senior Solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, a Senior Associate with Allens Arthur Robinson and a Federal Court associate.



Liberal Bill paves the way for marriage equality
Star Observer August 7 2017

Same-sex apology draws a Line in the sand
The Age  May 24 2016

Tasty apology shines a light on a positive future
Gay News Network  August 6 2014

How do we draw the line on free speech?
New Matilda  April 14 2014

Righting historical wrongs: Background paper for a legislative scheme to expunge convictions for historical consensual gay sex offences in Victoria
HRLC report January 12 2014

Big picture lost in debate over anti-discrimination laws
The Drum  January 30 2013

Police are too quick to draw their tasers
The Drum  November 15 2012

Independent inquiry the only way for police killing
HRLC report  October 9 2012

A 50,000-volt electric shock is a highly dangerous weapon
The Age  March 20 2012

Upholding Our Rights: Report into police use of force
HRLC report  September 8 2012

Police deaths need an independent watchdog
New Matilda  February 19 2012

Civil rights and crossing the line
The Age  October 26 2011