source: Australian National University
Professor Simon Rice has worked and researched extensively in anti-discrimination law, human rights and access to justice issues. After a period in private commercial practice he worked at Redfern Legal Centre in Sydney and co-founded Macarthur Legal Centre. He was Director of Kingsford Legal Centre while director of clinical legal education programs at the University of NSW. He has been a board member of Macarthur Legal Centre, Redfern Legal Centre, Redfern Legal Centre Publishing, the Communications Law Centre, the Disability Discrimination Legal Centre, the Intellectual Disability Rights Centre, and the ACT Welfare Rights and Legal Centre. In 1989-95 he was a lecturer in the UNSW Law Faculty and director of clinical programs, and in 2000-01 he taught at Sydney University Law Faculty. He was a senior lecturer in Law at Macquarie University from 2005-07.
He has practised extensively in poverty law in community legal centres, particularly anti-discrimination law. In Australia and internationally he has trained and advised a wide range of businesses, agencies and NGOs in human rights and anti-discrimination law, and has consulted to NGOs on organisational management and strategic planning. In 2002 he was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for legal services to the economically and socially disadvantaged, and he has received a UNSW Alumni Award. In 2008 he was an invitee to the Australian Government's 2020 Summit.