Victorian Uniting Church member Kate Jenkins has been honoured for her extensive work in human rights by being made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the King’s Birthday Honours list.
Kate was honoured for “distinguished service to human rights governance, to advancing gender equity, to the promotion of inclusivity, and to the law”.
She was Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner between 2016 and April this year and Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner from 2013-16.
Kate was also recognised for her work with the Carlton Football Club, Male Champions of Change Institute, Heide Museum of Modern Art, and child and family services organisation Berry Street.
Robyn Batten and Kris Peach were made Members of the Order of Australia.
Robyn was recognised for her role as Non-executive Director with Uniting Aged Care Victoria and Tasmania since 2016, and as Executive Director from 2007-2010, while Kris was recognised for her work as Director with U Ethical and Audit Risk and Compliance Committee member since 2022.
Miriam Bass, Kevin Bye, John Knight and Dr Cyril Payne were awarded Medals of the Order of Australia in the General Division.
Miriam’s recognition included her work on the Wesley College School Council from 2000-03, while Kevin’s recognition included outstanding service to the Nhill Uniting Church as a steward and Maintenance and Works Committee Chair.
John was recognised for his community involvement, including as a member of St Martin’s Uniting Church in Beaumaris, while Cyril was also recognised for his outstanding community service, including as a volunteer with Newborough Uniting Church.