Padma Raman PSM has a long established career committed to protecting and advancing
She is the Chief Executive of Australia’s national human rights institution, the Australian
Human Rights Commission, and came to the position after establishing the Victorian Law
Reform Commission, which she ran for nine years.
During that time, Ms Raman was also a member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and
Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) for 4½ years. She was instrumental in assisting the
Victorian Government develop and implement the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and
Responsibilities Act 2006. In 2018, Ms Raman was awarded a Public Service Medal, which
recognises outstanding service by employees of the federal, state, territory and local
governments. Ms Raman was singled out for leading significant cultural, technological and
governance change at the Commission and for her contributions as CEO of the Victorian Law
Ms Raman sits on a number of boards including the Governance and Advisory Board for the
Australian National Contact Point under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Ms Raman holds a Masters of Law by research, specialising in the experiences of immigrant
and Indigenous women under the Australian Legal system and is a fellow of the AICD.