The Australian Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome Dr Ben Gauntlett as Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
Before his appointment, Dr Gauntlett worked as a barrister in Western Australia and Victoria with a broad ranging practice.
He has also worked as an associate to the Honourable Justice Kenneth Hayne AC at the High Court of Australia, as Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth and taught law in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Dr Gauntlett is a quadriplegic following a schoolboy rugby union accident aged 16 in Perth and has the experience of a person living and working with a disability and accessing care in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
“My colleagues and I warmly welcome Dr Gauntlett to the Australian Human Rights Commission,” said Commission President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM.
“I look forward to working with Dr Gauntlett in advancing and promoting the human rights of Australians living with disability.”
Dr Gauntlett, who started his term on May 7, said he was “honoured and humbled” to be appointed Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
“My first step in the new role will be to consult widely with the disability community and other stakeholders across Australia in order to hear first-hand their concerns and priorities,” he said.