A Day in the Life of Debbie Manager, Communications and Engagement

Published 24 February 2023

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am Vietnamese, my family came to Australia as refugees following the Vietnam War. I have a passion for working with at-risk communities to improve access to services, I think because growing up my family had so many struggles.

I have worked in health promotion and community engagement for more than 10 years and the past four years have been here at Anti-Discrimination NSW.

Woman of asian appearance holding a baby looking at camera smiling

Why did you join Anti-Discrimination NSW?

I joined the organisation in 2019 because I have always chosen roles that are meaningful to me. Many countries don’t have a government service like this one, where you can actually resolve a discrimination issue and get real outcomes. 

Can you describe your role?

I manage a team of seven dedicated and talented communications and community engagement officers. I work with my team to engage with stakeholders for community engagement projects to raise awareness about our services and about the state’s anti-discrimination laws. We also have a website, newsletter and social media accounts and handle media enquiries.

I love my job, no two days are the same and we are always working on interesting projects.

One of the projects I'm working on at the moment is an activation at the Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference. 

Anti-Discrimination NSW is part of the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the state, territory and federal human rights and discrimination authorities. We have joined forces for the Human Rights Conference and are sharing a stand and activation space. If you are attending the conference, please come and say hello and learn more about the bodies across Australia who defend human rights and work to eliminate discrimination.

What do you like most about your job?

I love my team, that has to be the best part of my role. I enjoy working together on projects, and I learn from them all the time. 

What keeps you busy outside of work?

I do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is sometimes hard because I also have a toddler! At the moment I’m enjoying learning takedowns and throws.

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24 Feb 2023

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