Lawyer, former Northern Territory politician and departmental Chief Executive, Jodeen Carney, has been appointed as South Australia’s next Equal Opportunity Commissioner.

Attorney-General Vickie Chapman said Ms Carney, who has been her Chief of Staff for the past three years, will bring a unique skill set to the role at a critical time.

“Throughout her varied career Ms Carney has been widely respected for her integrity, professionalism, and work ethic,” Ms Chapman said.

“She has represented Australia on the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians network, was a member and Convenor of the Women’s Advisory Council in the Northern Territory, and was a founding member of the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service Inc.

“During her time in the Northern Territory she worked as a bureaucrat, politician and solicitor, giving her a comprehensive insight into issues concerning equality and diversity.

“After she retired from politics, she was appointed by the then Labor Attorney-General to conduct a review into the Territory’s Youth Justice System, and oversee the implementation of its recommendations.

“In addition, she has mediated enterprise bargaining negotiations, and drafted new policies and procedures for an educational institution in Central Australia following the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“With this breadth of professional experience, she is well equipped to take on this role,” she said.

Ms Carney’s appointment follows the early resignation of the former Commissioner.

“I would like to thank Emily Strickland and Steph Halliday for acting in the position since the former Commissioner’s departure,” Ms Chapman said.

“Both have overseen crucial reviews, one into our State’s Parliament; the other into the legal sector,” she said.

Ms Carney said she is looking forward to embracing the challenges of her new role.

“I intend to approach this role as I do any other – professionally and diligently,” Ms Carney said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity, and will work hard to address issues of diversity and equality in South Australia,” she said.

Ms Carney has been appointed for a term of five years, commencing on Saturday, April 10.