Maria Dimopoulos is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert specialising in the intersections of diversity, gender equality and the law. She has had extensive experience in policy formulation for the Government sector, research for social planning and in community education.
Maria’s expert contributions have included knowledge provision and advisory roles in gender justice, advocacy, bridging and supporting participation in mainstream processes, coordination, capacity-building, and piloting innovative projects. In 2008, she was appointed by the Federal government to the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. In 2012 Maria was appointed by the federal Minister for Multicultural Affairs to the Access and Equity Inquiry panel to conduct an inquiry into Australian Government services to ensure they are responsive to the needs of Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Maria has undertaken extensive sensitive research with a range of diverse communities and organisations and has had research published in a range of professional publications and peer reviewed journals including the Feminist Law Journal, Family and Domestic Violence Clearinghouse, and the Australian Institute of Criminology. She has also co-authored the book ‘Blood on Whose Hands’ – the Killing of Women and Children in Domestic Relationships.
Maria is currently Special Adviser, Multicultural Communities, Department of Justice & Community Safety and sits on the following Boards:
• Coronial Council of Victoria
• Reconciliation Victoria
• Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
• National Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity
Maria was also the inaugural Chairperson of the Harmony Alliance – Australia’s national coalition of migrant and refugee women and a member of the National Women’s Alliances.