Dr Dominique Allen



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Communication, University of Canberra, 1999
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University, 2004
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Australian National University, 2004
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2009
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2012


Dominique graduated with an Honours degree in law from the Australian National University. Her thesis applied critical race theory to the decision in Mabo v Queensland (No 2) and was later published. After practicising as a solicitor in the ACT, Dominique completed her PhD at Melbourne Law School at the University of Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis evaluated Australia's existing anti-discrimination protections and proposed a series of reforms for improving the law's effectiveness at tackling discrimination and promoting equality using empirical and comparative methodologies.

Dominique has published widely in highly ranked law journals in Australia and internationally on anti-discrimination law, comparative law, equality and human rights. With Neil Rees and Simon Rice, she is the author of Australian Anti-Discrimination Law (Federation Press, 2014).

In 2014 she was a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Law, University College London and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School where she completed research on the role of statutory equal opportunity agencies.

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Research interests

Anti-Discrimination Law

Equality Theory

Labour Law

Human Rights


  • National Committee, Australian Labour Law Association
  • Executive, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation
  • Convenor, Deakin Law School Research Forum
  • Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group
  • Discrimination Law Service Providers Group (Melbourne)

Units taught

MLL342 Workplace Law

MLL111 Contract Law


'Alternative Dispute Resolution in Australia and the United Kingdom’ (with Dr Alysia Blackham), Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group Conference, KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 9-10 May 2016

‘Enabling Disability Discrimination Law’, Disability, Equity and Human Rights,  Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s Second Conference, 4-5 February 2016

'Carrots and Sticks - A New Regulatory Model for Australia's Equal Opportunity Agencies', Centre for Employment at Labour Relations Law Labour Law Seminar, Melbourne Law School, 12 June 2014

'Addressing Race Discrimination in Australia – What More Could the Law Do?, 'Law and Inequalities: Global and Local', Law & Society Association's 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, USA, 29 May–1 June 2014

'Barking or Biting - What is the Role of the Equal Opportunity Commission in Tackling Discrimination?', Global Challenges and New Perspectives on Equality Law, Berkeley Comparative Anti-discrimination Law Study Group Conference, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 5-6 May 2014

'The Inadequacies of Legal System’s Approach to Tackling Racism', Reconfiguring Anti-Racism: Tolerance, Harmony, Inclusion or Justice? Melbourne, 9-10 December 2013

'Reconsidering Australia's Anti-Discrimination Laws', Berkeley Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group Second Annual Conference, UC Berkeley, 4 April 2013

'Rethinking the Australian Model of Promoting Gender Equality,' En/gendering Governance: from the Local to the Global, Centre for International and Public Law, College of Law, the Australian National University, 6-8 August 2012

'Lifting the Lid on Discrimination Complaints and the New Approach to Tackling Discrimination in Victoria,' 14th AIJA Annual Tribunals Conference, Melbourne, 9-10 June 2011

''Enforcing Anti-Discrimination Law: A Comparative Perspective,' Melbourne Law School, 7 November 2007

'The Limitations of Australia's Anti-Discrimination Legislation,' Valparaiso Law School, Indiana, 7 September 2007

'Where do we go from here? 30 years of Anti-Discrimination Law in Victoria,' University of Sydney, 17 November 2006

Research groups

  • Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (Executive Committee)


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Rethinking the Australian model of promoting gender equality

Dr Dominique Allen

(2016), pp. 391-411, Public law of gender, Cambridge, Eng., B1


Wielding the big stick – Lessons for enforcing anti-discrimination law from the Fair Work Ombudsman

Dr Dominique Allen

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 119-142, Australian journal of human rights, Chatswood, NSW, C1


In defence of settlement: resolving discrimination complaints by agreement

Dr Dominique Allen

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 199-220, International journal of discrimination and the law, London, England, C1


Supporting working parents: findings from the AHRC’s national inquiry into the prevalence of pregnancy and return to work discrimination in the workplace

Dr Dominique Allen

(2014), Vol. 27, pp. 281-292, Australian journal of labour law, Chatswood, NSW, C1


Employment legislation

Dr Dominique Allen

(2014), pp. 856-897, Australian anti-discrimination law, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1


The concept of unlawful discrimination

Dr Dominique Allen

(2014), pp. 68-158, Australian anti-discrimination law, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1


Positive duties

Dr Dominique Allen

(2014), pp. 158-178, Australian anti-discrimination law, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1


Settling sexual harassment complaints - what benefits does ADR offer?

Dr Dominique Allen

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 169-177, Australasian dispute resolution journal, Rozelle, N. S. W., C1


Consolidate, eradicate or vacillate?

Dr Dominique Allen

(2013), Vol. 38, pp. 120-121, Alternative Law Journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Whose fault is it? Asking the right question to address discrimination

Belinda Smith, Dr Dominique Allen

(2012), Vol. 37, pp. 31-36, Alternative law journal, Wheelers Hill, Vic., C1


Removing barriers to substantive equality : a case study of remedying disability discrimination complaints

Dr Dominique Allen

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 159-184, Australian journal of human rights, Chatswood, N. S. W., C1


Strategic enforcement of anti-discrimination law : a new role for Australia's equality commissions

Dr Dominique Allen

(2011), pp. 1-26, Monash University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Voices in the human rights dialogue : the individual victim and the Australian Human Rights Commission

Dr Dominique Allen

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 159-162, Alternative law journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Against settlement? Owen Fiss, ADR and Australian discrimination law

Dr Dominique Allen

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 191-218, International journal of discrimination and the law, Oxon, England, C1


Remedying discrimination : the limits of the law and the need for a systemic approach

Dr Dominique Allen

(2010), Vol. 29, pp. 83-110, University of Tasmania law review, Hobart, Tas., C1-1


Victoria paves the way to eliminating discrimination

Dr Dominique Allen

(2010), Vol. 23, pp. 318-326, Australian journal of labour law, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1


Improving the effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act: recommendations from the 2008 Senate Inquiry

Dr Dominique Allen

(2009), Vol. 22, pp. 100-108, Australian journal of labour law, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1


Behind the conciliation doors : settling discrimination complaints in Victoria

Dr Dominique Allen

(2009), Vol. 18, pp. 778-799, Griffith law review, Nathan, Qld., C1-1


Reducing the burden of proving discrimination in Australia

Dr Dominique Allen

(2009), Vol. 31, pp. 579-605, Sydney law review, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1-1


Fairness and freedom : the final report of the equalities review and starting the dialogue about addressing inequality in Australia

Dr Dominique Allen

(2008), Vol. 21, pp. 1-7, Australian journal of labour law, Sydney, N. S. W., C1-1


Periodic peaks of progress: applying Bell's interest convergence theory to the Mabo decision

Dr Dominique Allen

(2007), Vol. 26, pp. 63-89, University of Tasmania law review, Hobart, Tas., C1-1